Open lecture with psychoanalyst Bruce Fink – University of Copenhagen

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Open lecture with psychoanalyst Bruce Fink

The Danish Union of Psychologists in collaboration with the Centre for Psychoanalysis at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, invites to an open lecture with psychoanalyst Bruce Fink titled:

”Lacan on Love: A commentary on Lacan’s reading of

Plato’s Symposium in Seminar VIII, Transference”

What is love and what part does it play in psychoanalysis? Where are the analyst and the analysand situated in relation to the roles defined as those of the “lover” and the “beloved”? Jacques Lacan explores these and other questions in Seminar VIII, Transference (Cambridge, UK, and Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2015), by providing an extensive commentary on Plato's most famous dialogue on love, the Symposium. This talk will outline some of the major points about love that grow out of Lacan's reading of the dialogue and examine their relevance to the analytic setting. Can the analyst be characterized as a sort of modern-day Socrates? Learning objectives:

 to grasp the major thrust of Lacan’s thesis that “love is giving what you don’t have”

  1. to grasp Lacan’s interpretation of certain parts of Plato’s “Symposium”
  2. to grasp the many facets of what we mean by the word “love”
  3. to try to fathom why love involves loving the partner’s “warts” (or flaws or defects)
  4. to understand why Freud says it is impossible to “love thy neighbor”

Friday, April 13 2018, from 15:15 - 17:00 !!NEW TIME!!

Place: The Faculty of Social Sciences, Gothersgade 140, Auditorium 1, Copenhagen

Following the lecture, there will be a discussion lasting about an hour.