FREUD'S IMPOSSIBLE LIFE: A Public Lecture by Adam Phillips
Freud, as the inventor of psychoanalysis, was preoccupied with the way people tell the stories of their lives. In this public lecture, Phillips will talk both about Freud's remarkable life and about what Freud had to say about the larger art of biography.
Adam Phillips, renowned psychoanalyst, writer, and cultural critic, will focus his unique literary slant on the art of biography and story telling. Psychoanalysis, he writes "tells persuasive stories about where misery comes from". Phillips articulates that "The reassuring notions of so-called insight - the how-I-came-to-be-who-I-am stories - are a poor substitute for people's capacity to transform their worlds. Psychoanalysis should not be promoting self-knowledge as a consolation prize for injustice." Phillips is the author of numerous books and General Editor of the new Penguin Classics translations of Freud.
Saturday May 12, 2012
10 - 12 noon
Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
Cost: $20 - $45