Courses at Mary Ward Centre, London

14 January – 1 April 2019: Nihilism, Phenomenology and Existentialism

Beginning with a historical account of nihilism (looking at texts by Gorgias, Jacobi, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Camus, and Deleuze), this course proceeds to a discussion of phenomenological and existential approaches to the meanings of being and nothingness (Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, Beauvoir and Merleau-Ponty), concluding with a discussion of Badiou and Severino on Parmenides.

2 May – 18 July 2019: Lacan and Philosophy

In this course we will work through Lacan’s use of philosophy in the development of his psychoanalytic theory, from his early work on psychosis to his late seminars.


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