Guilt in Freud

Seminar series in partnership with the:
Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory (CCM) and Birkbeck Guilt Working Group

Speaker: Naomi Segal (IMLR)

Where does Freud stand on the question of guilt? Is it a fact or a feeling? In either case how does it arise, what are its effects, and how do they relate the individual to society? In this session I will present the notes accumulated in the course of a seminar group at Birkbeck which, from 2015 to 2021, read its way through the 23 volumes of the Standard Edition of Freud translated & edited by James Strachey et al. The main outcome of the latter for me was to trace the development of Freud’s thought in relation to replacement but I also built up notes on other aspects, including guilt. Though it may be argued that later psychanalysis, such as that of Klein, focuses more on this question than its founder did, this session seeks to establish where it began. 

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Co-convened by Joseph Ford (IMLR), James Brown and Sam Ashenden (BBK)

Author: Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Organisations: Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Event date: Friday, 22 October 2021 - 1:00pm