6 June, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
£48 - £65
From Descartes to Spinoza and Kant.
Please note: this day course has been postponed from 25 April until 6 June 2020.
Psychoanalysis has its roots in the Enlightenment – a cultural movement which grew out of the seventeenth century scientific revolution – and in the Romantic reaction against the Enlightenment, which began to gain momentum in the second half of the eighteenth century.
On this course, we will study three philosophers, the first of whom played a central role in shaping the Enlightenment vision, while the second and third anticipated the Romantic revolt against to it. We will trace the significance of their ideas in creating the intellectual context in which psychoanalysis came into being, and explore the role of Rousseau and Goethe as precursors of psychoanalysis.
Keith Barrett BA PhD – having received his PhD from the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London, Dr Barrett specialises in both philosophy and psychoanalysis and has taught at several leading institutions, including Imperial College and Birkbeck College.