UCL European Institute


Conceptions of Freedom I: Psychoanalysis

28 June 2016, 12:00 am

Conceptions of Freedom

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28 June 2016, 6.00pm-8.00pm
In this opening discussion of a series on Conceptions of Freedom, Adam Phillips, renowned writer, psychotherapist and exponent of psychoanalytic ideas, will reflect on what psychoanalysis has to tell us about the subjective experience of freedom, the development of personal agency, and the relationship between psychic structure and flexibility. Phillips, who has been called "one of the finest prose stylists at work in the language" for his numerous books on psychoanalysis and literature, will be in conversation with Josh Cohen, author of "The Private Life," as well as a psychoanalyst and literary theorist.

28 June 2016, 6.00pm-8.00pm

Common Ground
Institute of Advanced Studies
South Wing
University College London
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

The premise of the series is that "freedom" is hardly a unitary category, and that the theories we have to talk about it often don't capture either the lived experience of "being free," or the complex relationship between external liberty and internal autonomy. We would therefore like to think about the various meanings and templates of freedom, as these are conceived in various bodies of thought and practice: psychoanalytic, religious, scientific or artistic, as well as the more familiar traditions of political philosophy.

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Conceptions of Freedom is conceived and chaired by Eva Hoffman, Visiting Professor at the UCL European Institute, in collaboration with the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies.