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COURSE EIGHT – Reading Lacan: Philosophical Aspects of Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Part II

Reading Lacan: Philosophical Aspects of Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Part II

Course Coordinator: Judith Hamilton

Course Leaders: Carlos Rivas, Alireza Taheri

Thursdays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2023. (6 sessions)

Fee: $360

Deadline for registration is April 13, 2023.
Preregistration is required.

** DISTANCE PARTICIPATION ONLY – This course will be conducted online.

This course follows on from last year’s course (Part I) in which was given, among other things, an overview of Lacan’s relation to philosophy as a source for the material and explication of his theories, the philosophical underpinnings of the concept of the big Other, his working through the material of Sophocles’ play Antigone, the Zizek-Butler debates about gender, Lacan and contemporary philosophy, including post-modern influences and effects, and his interaction with philosophy and the topics of science and religion. These topics will be pursued further, with more breadth and depth, and will not require attendance at the previous course. Topics in the areas of film (Slavoj Zizek, Todd McGowan), Literature (Marguerite Duras), and science will be presented, as well as the works of Alain Badiou and Zizek. Finally, Lacan’s Seminar XXIV will be presented in 3 sessions to demonstrate an approach of “reading Lacan backwards”.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate Lacan’s ideas about Psychoanalysis and Science as they evolved over the course of his work.
  2. Recognize the philosophical approaches inhering in Lacan’s (and other authors’) views about certain films and literary works.
  3. Understand the basic concepts and their significance of Lacan’s Seminar XXIV as one of his last works and summation of his thoughts.
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Judith Hamilton, MD, FRCP, (Psych)

Psychiatrist/Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. She teaches in the ATPPP and in the Extension Program of the TPS. She is a co-founder of Lacan Toronto. Faculty TPS&I.

Carlos Rivas, RP

Studied psychology, philosophy, and social sciences in Venezuela. He trained in Gestalt Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Focusing, and EMDR, and in 2005 was the recipient of the Venezuelan National Award for Research in Psychotherapy. He has a private practice in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Member of Lacan Toronto; Guest of the TPS.

Alireza Taheri, PhD, RP

Wrote his dissertation for the University of Cambridge on Nietzsche, Freud, and Lacan. He also holds an MA in philosophy from Essex and an MSc in psychoanalytic thought from University College London. He has done psychoanalytic work in London (UK). He works in private practice in Toronto. Graduate of TIP.

This event is eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour). This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certificate Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone. As per the Royal College standard, each presentation provides a minimum of 25% interactive learning.

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2022/2023 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.

Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.

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