Visiting Speakers Series
Department of Philosophy
Prof. Dr. Verlaine Freitas
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
“The Twilight Zone of the Unconscious:
no-longer-Nature, but not-yet-Culture”
The parallel concepts of Culture and Nature have a very long application in Philosophy in describing reality, and its entanglement was especially useful for grasping the human being and everything connected with human life. From the old classical Aristotelian definition of the human being as a rational animal, through the anthropological Kantian conception of the conjunction of sensibility and understanding, until the contemporary ideas of a “socially constructed reality” on the base of a continuous re-elaboration of nature through cultural values and principles, such a “mix” of both notions seemed to provide us with a somewhat good path for describing human reality in one way or other. Nevertheless, from a certain point of view, the conception of the Unconscious in Psychoanalysis calls for another way of thinking about the relation between those poles, and my intention is to demonstrate that the very deep root of human reality ¾ in the sense of the source of the subjective drive to conceive itself and the outside world, i.e., the psyche energy to wish, to act, to think, etc. - lies in a realm that follows a kind of “logic”, obeys certain “laws” which are not determined by nature, but at the same time are prior to any form of Culture.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Oak Room, Vanier HallAll are welcome.