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Instructor: Dr. Jared Russell, PhD. is a graduate of IPTAR. He is in private practice in New York.
Times: Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 (8:30pm – 10:00pm)

This brief course pursues the relationship between psychoanalysis and contemporary politics via a reading of Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents. This text, too often ignored by clinicians, raises questions about how analysts are to treat their patients’ political identities. Is psychoanalysis to be conceived as a liberal discourse oriented towards an experience of freedom, or as a conservative discourse oriented towards an experience of tradition? Or does it not rather offer a “third way” beyond the stale liberal/conservative divide by insisting on the importance of sublimation? Instead of merely importing neo-liberal ideas into psychoanalytic thinking, how can we “think politics psychoanalytically?” Opening up these questions will involve rethinking classical assumptions about the relationships between the political, the ethical and the clinical. Supplementary readings will include selections by Karl Marx, Herbert Marcuse, Cornelius Castoriadis and Bernard Stiegler.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will understand the concept of sublimation.
2. Participants will understand the relationships between the political, the ethical and the clinical

6 CE Credits

Teaching Method – Readings and Discussion


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***Course Fees: For IPTAR and CAP members and candidates this course is $180. For candidates and members of other institutes, this course is $255

Beyond the Basic Curriculum Committee: Janis Leventhal,Chair; Judith Hanlon, Susan Light, Donna Roth Smith, Ellen Marakowitz, Jeff O’Malley, Rhonda Ward. For further information contact Janis Leventhal at 917-734-6191 or jlltp@aol.com.