Scientific Meeting – Hegel’s Dialectic in Freud, Winnicott, Klein and Bion

Hegel's Dialectic in Freud, Winnicott, Klein and Bion

Presenter: Rafael López-Corvo MD

Saturday, September 10, 2016: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

TPS Scientific Meeting: Open to all.
Please note that CME credits are not available for this meeting.

In contemporary psychoanalytic circles, the terms dialectic, like many philosophical technical principles, seems to be currently in fashion. In this presentation, I am not concerned with a historical account of the concept of dialectics; I am specifically interested in Hegel’s threefold process of thesis, antithesis and synthesis -that should perhaps be considered as “tri-alectic” instead of di-alectic- and how it has been intuitively used in psychoanalysis in order to build theory and clinical understanding. In our office, we regularly work as a dialectician, usually opposing and contrasting transference -representing Hegel’s thesis- and countertransference –representing the antithesis- with the use of the interpretation, representing the synthesis. Threefold dialectics as conceived by Hegel is not an invention, but a discovery, it can be found in any existent system in the universe by means of empirical observation; after all, ‘truth does not need a thinker”. This presentation considers theoretical aspects present in Freud, Klein, Winnicott and Bion that follows a dialectic structure. I will present at the end a clinical case in order to illustrate the theory.

  1. Participants will be able to learn about Hegel’s threefold concept of dialectic.
  2. Participants will also learn about how dialectic has been intuitively used in psychoanalysis by Freud, Winnicott, Klein and Bion.
  3. Participants will also learn about how to apply dialectic in the psychoanalytical understanding of a clinical case.

Rafael E. López-Corvo MD: Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst: IPA, Canadian and Venezuelan Psychoanalytic Societies

Rafael E. López-Corvo, MD is a medical doctor, psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst. He is a former associate professor at Ottawa and McGill Universities and Program Director of Child and Adolescents Unite at the Douglas Hospital, McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He was also a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Psycho-Analysis for Latin-America. He is training and supervising psychoanalyst for the International Psychoanalytic Association as well as the Canadian and Venezuelan Psychoanalytic Societies.

Along his extended career he has managed to conciliate his mainstream psychoanalytic affiliation with independent and original lines of thoughts and research, spawning through structuralism approach to child evolution, group dynamics, femininity, addictions, self-envy, trauma and other topics, published over 100 articles, several book chapters and 22 books in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean and Persian.

Dr. López-Corvo is also a scholar in the psychoanalytic approach of Wilfred Bion, whom he considers has laid the foundations of future psychoanalysis. He has been invited to teach on this subject in several places such as Rome, Naples, Seattle, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Vermont, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Miami

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