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GCAS College Dublin E-School

Psychoanalysis, Philosophy and Neuroscience


Freud began his career as a promising neurologist but found the neurological science of his day was not advanced enough to answer his questions. Although he believed that attempts to bring together neurology and psychoanalysis would be premature at his time, he always admired biology, thinking of it as of “a land of unlimited possibilities”, and he had no doubt that a fruitful conjunction of neurology and psychoanalysis will be possible in the future. In this course, we will explore recent attempts to bring together neuroscience, psychoanalysis and philosophy, relying widely on works of the most prominent contemporary thinker in this field, Catherine Malabou.
The course will focus on four key concepts: plasticity, cerebrality, trauma and wonder.

Here is the course outline:

1. Semianar 1 Freud as a neuroscientist

Introductory Class.

Required Books and Materials:
Welcome note

2. History of Neuropsychoanalysis

Seminar 2

3. Prof. Malabou “On Anxiety”

Seminar 3 Professor Malabou

4. Plasticity: neuroscience, philosophy, psychoanalysis

Seminar 4

5. Cerebrality. Trauma. Wonder.

Last seminar + discussion
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