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Jacques Lacan and the notion of teaching

08 December 2021, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

View of Paris and the Eiffel Tower through a window

This philosophy of education research webinar considers the value of the psychoanalyst's approaches when asking, what is teaching?

This event is free.

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Jacques Lacan (1901-1981) was a psychoanalyst, the contemporary of Foucault, Lévy-Strauss, Sartre, Lévinas, Derrida, all of them belonging to the French classe intéllectuelle. Lacan was an outstanding teacher: weird, funny, lively. A permanent sense of surprise or even improvisation strongly embodied his speech. Thousands of young people attended his seminars - it was the time of May 1968 in Paris.

But why read Lacan in the philosophy of education today? Is he not an author to be considered only by experts in psychoanalysis? Approaching Jacques Lacan can help to analyse other neglected aspects of education as an experience of relation. Among them, the question "what is teaching?" becomes crucial. 

This event will be particularly useful for anyone interested in philosophical enquiry into education, especially in relation to the notion of teaching.

PESGB seminar series

This event is part of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) seminar series. PESGB is a learned society that promotes the study, teaching and application of philosophy of education. Its London Branch hosts seminars every Wednesday in conjunction with Philosophy at the Institute of Education. These seminars are led by national and international scholars in the field, covering a wide range of issues of educational and philosophical concern.

All are welcome to attend.

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About the Speaker

Anna Pagès

Senior Researcher in Philosophy of Education at Blanquerna Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sports Sciences, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona

Anna Pagès' field of study includes: hermeneutics and education; tradition and innovation in education; feminist philosophy; the philosophical background to progressive school movements, psychoanalysis and education. Her most recent work in Spanish is Dinner with Diotime. (2017). In English she has published “Philosophy of the Voice in The Call to Teach” (2020). She is the Volume Editor of the Bloomsbury Series The Western History of Philosophy of Education, Volume Five, Philosophy of Education: the Contemporary Landscape (2021).