Winterschool 2019

WINTERSCHOOL

Close reading of KANT AVEC SADE – Dany Nobus

WHEN?: 07th – 09th January 2019

WHERE?: Ghent University

 

 Programme and Timetable

 The doctoral school will be held over three consecutive days, from 7 until 9 January 2019, with each day including 6 hours of teaching (18 hours in total). Each section will adopt the format of an ‘integrated lecture’, with ample time for discussion and scholarly exchange of ideas.

Although each section of the programme will refer to Lacan’s “Kant with Sade” as the core text, the lectures will address broader debates in the human and social sciences, and draw upon a wide range of historical and contemporary source materials on the ethics of psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic literary criticism, moral philosophy and political economy. Before attending the course, participants are expected to have read Lacan’s “Kant with Sade” (in Écrits, trans. Bruce Fink, New York NY-London: W.W. Norton & Company 2006, pp. 645-668), Kant’s Critique of Practical Reason, trans. Mary Gregor, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1997, and Sade’s Philosophy in the Boudoir, trans. Joachim Neugroschel, London: Penguin 2006. They are also encouraged to read Lacan’s Seminar VII, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis, trans. Dennis Porter, New York NY-London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1992.

Day 1: Happiness in Evil: The Sadean Truth of Kant’s Categorical Imperative
Part 1—General Introduction to Lacan’s “Kant with Sade”
Part 2—Kant’s Practical Reason and Sade’s Utopian Republic

Day 2: The Law of Desire
Part 1—The Law without Desire: A Critique of Kant’s Critique
Part 2—Desire without the Law: A Critique of Sade

Day 3:Psychoanalysis between Philosophy and Literature
Part 1—Methodologies of Applied Psychoanalysis
Part 2—Back to the Clinic: The Desire of the Psychoanalyst

Recommended Reading:
Apart from the texts mentioned above, participants will also benefit from the following source materials:

Adorno, T. W. & Horkheimer, M (1997[1944]). ‘Excursus II: Juliette or Enlightenment and Morality’, in Dialectic of Enlightenment, trans. J. Cumming, London-New York NY: Verso, pp. 81-119.

Bataille, G. (2012[1957]). ‘de Sade’s Sovereign Man’, in Eroticism, trans. Mary Dalwood, London: Penguin, pp. 164-176.

Bataille, G. (2012[1957]). ‘de Sade and the Normal Man’, in Eroticism, trans. Mary Dalwood, London: Penguin, pp. 177-196.

Blanchot, M. (2004[1949]). ‘Sade’s Reason’, in Lautréamont and Sade, trans. S. Kendall & M. Kendall, Stanford CA: Stanford University Press, pp. 7-41.

De Kesel, M. (2009[2001]). Eros and Ethics: Reading Jacques Lacan’s Seminar VII, trans. Sigi Jöttkandt, Albany NY: State University of New York Press.

Klossowski, P. (1992[1967]). Sade my Neighbour, trans. Alphonso Lingis, London: Quartet Books.

Lacan, J. (2013[1971]). ‘Lituraterre’, trans. Dany Nobus, Continental Philosophy Review, 46, pp. 327-334.

Nobus, D. (2017). The Law of Desire: On Lacan’s “Kant with Sade”, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rabaté, J.-M. (2001). ‘Sade: Subverting the Law’, in Jacques Lacan: Psychoanalysis and the Subject of Literature, Basingstoke-New York NY: Palgrave, pp. 85-114.

Lecturer

 Born in Belgium, Dany Nobus studied Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Ghent University, and later worked as a teaching and research assistant in the University’s Department of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Consulting. Following the completion of his PhD in 1996, he joined the then Department of Human Sciences at Brunel University London as a Lecturer in Psychology. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in 2001, and to a personal Chair in Psychoanalytic Psychology at Brunel University London in 2006. He has published seven books and authored over 150 articles, book chapters and reports in various academic and professional journals. Over the years he has presented his work at academic institutions around the world, including Harvard, Columbia and UCLA, and he has conducted clinical workshops for health care professionals on both sides of the Atlantic as well as in Australia and New Zealand. He has also held Visiting Professorships in Sociology (University of Massachusetts, Boston MA) and in Psychiatry (Creighton University, Omaha NE). From 2014 until 2018, Dany Nobus was Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Freud Museum London, and in April 2017 he was presented with the Sarton Medal of the University of Ghent, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the history of psychoanalysis. His latest book, entitled The Law of Desire: On Lacan’s “Kant with Sade”, was published in October 2017.

Registration and payment via this link: 

https://congrezzo.ugent.be/winterschool2019/pp08-winterschool-2019

Doctoral School: 200 euro (to be payed via link and only with VISA)
Lunch: 125 euro: (to be payed cash on the first day)

Winterschool 2019 – Kant avec Sade

07 – 09 January 2019

Organizing committee:

  • Prof. Dr. Stijn Vanheule;  Department of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Consulting, Stijn.Vanheule@UGent.be, TEL 09 264 91 01
  • Prof. Dr. Paul Verhaeghe; Department of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Consulting, Paul.Verhaeghe@UGent.be, TEL 09 264 63 56
  • Prof. Dr. Gertrudis Van de Vijver; Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, Gertrudis.VandeVijver@UGent.be, TEL 09 264 39 77
  • Prof. Dr. Gita Deneckere, History Department, Gita.Deneckere@UGent.be, TEL 09 33 10289
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pieters; Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Department of Literary Studies; Jurgen.Pieters@UGent.be, TEL 09 264 40 97 / TEL 09 264 41 59 / 09 264 40 13

Scientific committee

Apart from the members of the UGent organizing committee, this proposal is endorsed nationally by

KULeuven staff – Prof. Dr. Em. Paul Moyaert; Centre for Phenomenology and Continental Philosophy,Center for European Philosophy, Paul.Moyaert@hiw.kuleuven.be

University of Antwerp staff – Prof. Dr. Arthur Cools; Department of Philosophy,Center for European Philosophy, Arthur.Cools@uantwerpen.be, TEL 03 265 43 10

Université libre de Bruxelles – Prof. Dr. Ariane Bazan; Department of Psychology and Education, Ariane.Bazan@ulb.ac.be, TEL 02 650 67 63

This proposal is endorsed internationally by

Keele University – Prof. dr. Ronnie Lippensr.lippens@keele.ac.uk
University of Oxford –Prof. dr. Ankhi Mukherjeeankhi.mukherjee@wadh.ox.ac.uk
University of Essex –Prof. dr. Matt ffytche mffytche@essex.ac.uk
University of Pennsylvania –Prof. dr. Jean-Michel Rabaté jmrabate@english.upenn.edu
Duquesne University –Prof. dr. Derek Hook hookd@duq.edu 
City University of New York-Prof. dr. Manya Steinkolermanyasteinkoler@att.net
University of Vermont –Prof. dr. Todd McGowan Todd.McGowan@uvm.edu
Edinburgh Napier University –Prof. dr. Calum Neill C.Neill@napier.ac.uk

 

Topic and theme of the course

Whilst searching for an ethical framework that might be appropriate for the clinical practice of psychoanalysis, the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan at one point reviewed the value of Immanuel Kant’s groundbreaking Critique of Practical Reason, in which the famous philosopher of Königsberg had cleared the ground for a rational, formal approach to human moral conduct, in which all empirical distinctions between good and bad would be replaced with one universal, categorical imperative. Although Lacan considered the possibility of a Kantian ethics for psychoanalysis, he gradually came to dismiss the categorical imperative as containing the seeds of radical evil. Reformulating an insight that had already been advanced by Friedrich Nietzsche, and implicitly drawing on comparisons that had already been made by Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt, Lacan argued that Kant’s seemingly emancipatory views on human practical reason could easily give rise to a rational justification for limitless cruelty, as exemplified in the libertine ideology of the ‘sadistic’ heroes created by the Marquis de Sade. This led him to publish a text entitled ‘Kant with Sade’, which remains one of his most important, yet least studied writings. Anno 2019, Lacan’s text remains as topical as it was 50 years ago, because it elicits a series of pressing questions whose answers are still in abeyance. How are we to account for the fact that ethical systems (codes of conduct, deontologies, concordats and regulatory frameworks) designed to maintain the social contract and to control acts of interpersonal violence might be employed as justifications for cruelty? How are we to understand the fact that human beings are capable of committing acts of cruelty in the name and for the sake of a higher good? In addition, Lacan’s text also allows for a re-examination of the ethics of psychoanalysis, both as a clinical practice, and as a body of knowledge that can be applied to literature and philosophy. Finally, although Lacan’s essay definitely generates more questions than answers, it is a welcome starting point for investigating the role of fantasy, including as a boundless space for literary creation, and the status of perversion, within clinical practice as well as within literature and the human imagination.

 This doctoral school will be of interest to health care professionals, researchers, scholars and graduate students working on clinical and theoretical issues pertaining to psychoanalysis, literary criticism, continental philosophy and ethics. It will also appeal to established and emerging scholars in the fields of criminology, law and moral philosophy.

 Programme and Timetable

 The doctoral school will be held over three consecutive days, from 7 until 9 January 2019, with each day including 6 hours of teaching (18 hours in total). Each section will adopt the format of an ‘integrated lecture’, with ample time for discussion and scholarly exchange of ideas.

Although each section of the programme will refer to Lacan’s “Kant with Sade” as the core text, the lectures will address broader debates in the human and social sciences, and draw upon a wide range of historical and contemporary source materials on the ethics of psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic literary criticism, moral philosophy and political economy. Before attending the course, participants are expected to have read Lacan’s “Kant with Sade” (in Écrits, trans. Bruce Fink, New York NY-London: W.W. Norton & Company 2006, pp. 645-668), Kant’s Critique of Practical Reason, trans. Mary Gregor, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1997, and Sade’s Philosophy in the Boudoir, trans. Joachim Neugroschel, London: Penguin 2006. They are also encouraged to read Lacan’s Seminar VII, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis, trans. Dennis Porter, New York NY-London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1992.

Day 1: Happiness in Evil: The Sadean Truth of Kant’s Categorical Imperative
Part 1—General Introduction to Lacan’s “Kant with Sade”
Part 2—Kant’s Practical Reason and Sade’s Utopian Republic

Day 2: The Law of Desire
Part 1—The Law without Desire: A Critique of Kant’s Critique
Part 2—Desire without the Law: A Critique of Sade

Day 3:Psychoanalysis between Philosophy and Literature
Part 1—Methodologies of Applied Psychoanalysis
Part 2—Back to the Clinic: The Desire of the Psychoanalyst

Recommended Reading:
Apart from the texts mentioned above, participants will also benefit from the following source materials:

Adorno, T. W. & Horkheimer, M (1997[1944]). ‘Excursus II: Juliette or Enlightenment and Morality’, in Dialectic of Enlightenment, trans. J. Cumming, London-New York NY: Verso, pp. 81-119.

Bataille, G. (2012[1957]). ‘de Sade’s Sovereign Man’, in Eroticism, trans. Mary Dalwood, London: Penguin, pp. 164-176.

Bataille, G. (2012[1957]). ‘de Sade and the Normal Man’, in Eroticism, trans. Mary Dalwood, London: Penguin, pp. 177-196.

Blanchot, M. (2004[1949]). ‘Sade’s Reason’, in Lautréamont and Sade, trans. S. Kendall & M. Kendall, Stanford CA: Stanford University Press, pp. 7-41.

De Kesel, M. (2009[2001]). Eros and Ethics: Reading Jacques Lacan’s Seminar VII, trans. Sigi Jöttkandt, Albany NY: State University of New York Press.

Klossowski, P. (1992[1967]). Sade my Neighbour, trans. Alphonso Lingis, London: Quartet Books.

Lacan, J. (2013[1971]). ‘Lituraterre’, trans. Dany Nobus, Continental Philosophy Review, 46, pp. 327-334.

Nobus, D. (2017). The Law of Desire: On Lacan’s “Kant with Sade”, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rabaté, J.-M. (2001). ‘Sade: Subverting the Law’, in Jacques Lacan: Psychoanalysis and the Subject of Literature, Basingstoke-New York NY: Palgrave, pp. 85-114.

Lecturer

 Born in Belgium, Dany Nobus studied Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Ghent University, and later worked as a teaching and research assistant in the University’s Department of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Consulting. Following the completion of his PhD in 1996, he joined the then Department of Human Sciences at Brunel University London as a Lecturer in Psychology. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in 2001, and to a personal Chair in Psychoanalytic Psychology at Brunel University London in 2006. He has published seven books and authored over 150 articles, book chapters and reports in various academic and professional journals. Over the years he has presented his work at academic institutions around the world, including Harvard, Columbia and UCLA, and he has conducted clinical workshops for health care professionals on both sides of the Atlantic as well as in Australia and New Zealand. He has also held Visiting Professorships in Sociology (University of Massachusetts, Boston MA) and in Psychiatry (Creighton University, Omaha NE). From 2014 until 2018, Dany Nobus was Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Freud Museum London, and in April 2017 he was presented with the Sarton Medal of the University of Ghent, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the history of psychoanalysis. His latest book, entitled The Law of Desire: On Lacan’s “Kant with Sade”, was published in October 2017.

 Added Value

 This specialist doctoral school allows researchers from a wide range of disciplines in the human and social sciences to reconsider the nature and status of the human condition in relation to the social contract. In addition, participants will be able to question the relations between ethics and violence, reason and criminality, symbolic laws and human desire. Situated at the intersections between philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis (both as a theory and as a clinical practice), the course will address questions appealing to students in the arts and humanities, the human and social sciences, life sciences, moral philosophy, law and criminology. It will foster an interdisciplinary dialogue between these areas of study, demonstrating how some of the most pressing questions of our era may benefit from a multifaceted approach and a mutually enriching convergence of disciplinary practices.

Participants: maximum 20

This course is free of charge for doctoral students affiliated with a Doctoral School from Flemish Universities. For students who are not affiliated with a Doctoral School from Flemish Universities, a registration fee of 200 euro will be asked.

Target group

 Members of the Doctoral Schools of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Law, and Life Sciences and Medicine.
We believe that this course is most relevant to ongoing PhD research at Ghent University. Students in the fields of (clinical) psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, literary studies might be particularly interested in this course.

Accommodation

https://www.ugent.be/student/nl/meer-dan-studeren/huisvesting/homes/voorwie.htm
http://www.ugent.be/student/nl/meer-dan-studeren/huisvesting/homes/huurprijzencongreszomercursus

Chris Van Holsbeek – Kamer 50 euro
Zingemkouterstraat 5
9040 Sint-Amandsberg
+32 92381705

Charming rooftop apartment in the heart of Ghent.

Charmant, gezellig dakappartement met een groot privéterras in het centrum van Gent op de 3e verdieping van een winkelpand. Alles is aanwezig voor een rustig en aangenaam verblijf en een vlotte verkenning van de stad. Het historisch centrum van Gent is autovrij en de Mageleinstraat, aan het Belfort, is een voetgangersstraat en winkelstraat met alle voorzieningen en historische gebouwen op wandelafstand.

Het mooie herenhuis werd enkel jaren geleden verdeeld in een winkel en enkele appartementen. Je komt binnen via de gang naast de winkel, waar soms fietsen staan, langs de andere appartementen via een houten trap en een wenteltrap en zo op het terras. Dit privé terras is de eigenlijke en enige toegang tot het appartement en wordt enkel door jullie gebruikt.

Je verblijft in een knus, gemoedelijk appartement met een warme uitstraling voorzien van keuken, eetplaats, zithoek, bureautje, badkamer en slaapplaats. Alles is aanwezig om te slapen, baden, koken, eten, werken, rusten en genieten.

Het terras is gericht naar het westen zodat je van de avondzon kan genieten.
Je beschikt als enige over het volledige appartement en het terras, privacy, rust en comfort zijn verzekerd, geen inkijk van overburen.

Openbaar vervoer, tram en bus, en taxi’s zijn op wandelafstand.
Sint-Pietersstation en Dampoortstation zijn gemakkelijk te bereiken.

Adres en meer info:

Piet Van Coillie
Mageleinstraat 44 B
9000 Gent.
+32 473 767517
piet.van_coillie@hotmail.com

enkele commentaren van huurders:
Probably my best experience with B&B. Really nice little apartment with a stylish interior, in a perfect location within the city center. Had a great weekend, explored the city but also decided to spend one night relaxing and listening to music in the apartment because we liked it so much. Would definitely recommend this if you visit Gent.

L’appartement de Piet est à 100 m du beffroi que l’on peut photographier de l’appartement. L’accueil est formidable et l’appartement très vaste ne manque de rien. Les nombreuses fenêtres le rendent très lumineux et fauteuils très confortables : une escale de charme!”

Nice appartement, very well located in the middle of town.  I especially liked the fact that the appartement is original, with wooden walls and unique furniture: it really feels like holiday staying there! Also nice collection of jazz & classical cds, have a try with “Potato Masterpiece”, great for the mood.  Thank  you very much, it was very nice staying at your appartement.

More information?

eline.trenson@ugent.be