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The EPIS Institute announces a new seminar and companion one-year program in the Phenomenology & Psychoanalysis of Animal Freedom & Human Responsibility.

It has never been more important to understand that human freedom MUST include the responsibility to protect non-humans.  Currently, we trap, torture, rape, harm, destroy, and kill animals for our pleasure and perceived needs.  But this is simply not true. It is a false belief.

This seminar will delve deeply into the phenomenology and psychoanalysis of human treatment of humans, which is often violent.  We usually regard them as having less ontological value than the value of humans – which is built into the law – and which gives us warrant to destroy them in many different ways.

Let’s approach this seminar and program philosophically – psychologically – phenomenologically – and psychoanalytically. Let us use the most rigorous thinking possible and discuss these matters between ourselves.  Then let’s share our thinking.

Kevin Boileau – Philosopher and Human Animal

kbradref@gmail.com

Kevin Boileau and Nazarita Goldhammer, announce the grand opening of their Non-Violent Life Design Firm, the mission of which is to develop non-violent housing, work space, and community space internationally. We are truly excited about our grand opening because we have been developing underlying an underlying phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and topology of human space for 10 years, and are now actively serving clients all over the world. With offices in Encinitas, California, USA, Missoula, Montana, and a research retreat in the Madison Valley in Central Montana, we are now team-ready for consultation, design, and building in a brand new way that goes beyond sustainability models. Our work will have the important NVLD label, insuring that products, services, and design do not come from exploitation, harm, or destruction of humans, animals, forests, water, and mother Earth. ALL profits will be spent on further development, and contribution to needed projects for inner-cities, agrarian, and third-world needs. We have put our life-blood into this work, and are excited to bring it to the public for human good, and for the Good in general. No one will be left behind in this work, and we are excited to share our ideas with all interested parties. Please feel free to contact Principal and President, Nazarita Goldhammer, Master Designer, or Dr. Kevin Boileau, Chief Scientist, at the Firm. We are pleased to help individuals, non-profits, cities, corporations, designers, scholars, teachers, and others in any way we can. In solidarity, Nazarita and Kevin, USA

The Existential Psychoanalytic Institute & Society is accepting  up to 4 psychoanalytic candidates for its 2-year program in psychoanalysis, phenomenology and critical theory. Candidates who successfully complete the 2-year program, which includes a published book, are eligible for a seamless matriculation into the longer, 4-year program, clinical or theoretical track.

Please email for further information:

Prof. Kevin Boileau, PhD, Dean of Faculty

kbradref@gmail.com

The EPIS Institute has been studying the existential elements of the human condition for several years.  Now, various clinicians and theorists have decided to start a new initiative to closely study the relationships amongst death – life – meaning – and current social outcomes along various dimensions. This Initiative will involve research, theory, clinical practice, cultural practice, history, our human anthropology, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and critical theory.  The goal is to pursue a deeper understanding of our attitudes toward death, and how they inform our lifeworld – the lebenswelt.  If you are interested in this project, please feel to contact the institute.

Phenomenology, Transcendence and Other:
A Problem of Immanence & Worlds
Invitation to submit a book chapter

Phenomenology’s relationship with the concept of transcendence – the wholly other – the numinous – is complex and problematic. Phenomenology is a philosophy of givenness, restricting itself to describing carefully and without prejudice whatever is given to experience in the manner in which it is given. But if phenomenology is restricted to givenness, then what do we make of that which does not presence itself in that givenness? If the epoché brackets the transcendent, how can phenomenology lead to change by imagining and committing to that very transcendent? We do see in Sartre a complex relationship between the self as ego and the pre-reflective self, with the possibility of transcending present ego formations. Yet, in our present world, which is strongly structuralized from the outside, there is a difficulty of reaching the transcendent in a way that facilitates change and transformation. Transcendence means to go beyond toward Otherness – – other than one’s self. Thus, phenomenology is a philosophy of otherness. More trenchantly, transcendence is a going beyond toward a deeper experience of the self, thus transcendence is discovered in immanence and never in transcendence as such. More simply, whatever our commitments that have been actualized, they cannot totalize our-selves as future possibility. Thus, the very self is a transcending and transcendent process, but not egoistic in its originary nature. However, this is not to say that the self is not subject to enclosure, oppressive structuralization, and de-presencing through social mechanisms and self-infliction. Instead, the self by its very nature is always a reaching toward the Other, ineluctably transcendent though not without peril or limit. Transcendence, therefore, can only be experienced through the immanent. In contemporary culture, we see serious restrictions on the transcendent, both individual and cultural, which may preclude access to alternative world structures. Thus, this book series, through the discourses of psychoanalysis, existential phenomenology, and critical theory, will seek to clarify the problem of closure – what operates as the inert – along with possibilities for genuine transcendence through an exploration of immanence. The editors at EPIS Press therefore seek book chapters that explore this serious problem, and phenomenon – clinical, theoretical, and practical.
EPIS Press
@ The Existential Psychoanalytic Institute

If you are an interior/exterior designer and are looking to deepen your theoretical base, you can consider the one-year program in design and phenomenology at the Existential Psychoanalytic Institute & Society. For more information refer to episeducation.com or write Dean of Faculty, Kevin Boileau, PhD, at kbradref@gmail.com.  All programs can be accessed online.

If you have an MA or PhD in Philosophy, Psychology, or a related field, are looking for rigorous training in psychoanalysis, please refer to episeducation.com, or write Prof. Kevin Boileau, Dean of Faculty, at kbradref@gmail.com.

Admission is on a rolling basis.

Whether you are a graduate student, younger scholar, or senior scholar, you might consider publishing an article in our peer-reviewed, academic journal.  Please review episjournal.com for information and policies.

From the Executive Editor

 

 

 

 

 

Existential Psychoanalytic
Institute & Society
2019-2020
Seminar
Curriculum

1ST DRAFT 1.1.19
*There may be small modifications in the reading depending upon
the needs of the EPIS community.
*Default is Mountain Time. Please adjust your
calendar depending upon your time zone.

 
Session 1:
September 6 & September 7 (2019)

Applied & Clinical Phenomenology/Psychoanalytic-Existential Analysis:
(Friday, 4-6 p.m. MT)

 

Bion
The Clinical Thinking of Wilfried Bion, Symington, Routledge, 1996.

1 – The theoretical disjunction between Bion and Freud/Klein p. 1
2 – Bion: His character p. 14
3 – The Emotional Catalyst p. 27
4 – The Grid p. 31

Note: We will engage in a reading of the text from a theoretical and clinical perspective, but also consider phenomenology and critical theory as part of
methodology.
Transcendental/Existential Phenomenology:
(Friday, 6-8 p.m. MT)

 

Patocka
Body, Community, Language, World. Jan Patocka. Translated by Erazim Kohak. Edited by James Dodd. Chicago, IL: Open Court, 1999.

Part One – Body and the Personal Structure of Experience p. 1
First Lecture – Subject Body and Ancient Philosophy p. 3
Second Lecture – Body and Person – Descartes p. 9
Third Lecture – Body and Person – Modern Philosophy p. 19
Fourth Lecture – Personal Space: Reflection, Horizon p. 29
Fifth Lecture – Life’s Dynamics: Intentionality p. 39

Recommended (Primary)
Heretical Essays in the Philosophy of History. Jan Patocka. Translated by Erazim Kohák. Edited by James Dodd. Chicago, IL: Open Court, 1996.
Recommended (Secondary)
Edward F. Findlay, Caring for the soul in a postmodern age: politics and phenomenology in the thought of Jan Patočka

Jacques Derrida, The Gift of Death

Erazim Kohak, Jan Patocka: Philosophy and Selected Writings

 

Psychoanalysis & Philosophy:
(Saturday, 10-noon p.m., MT)

Lacan
Ecrits, The First Complete Edition in English, Lacan, Article 24 (“The Signification of the Phallus”) Note: This is a review from last year, but because it is such an important concept we are looking at it again.

 
Critical Theory, Cultural Criticism & Psychoanalysis:
(Saturday, noon-2 p.m. MT)
Malabou
Self and Emotional Life: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience, Johnston, Malabou Columbia, 2013

Part I. Go Wonder: Subjectivity and Affects in Neurobiological Times p. 1

Introduction: From the Passionate Soul To The Emotional Brain p. 3

What Does “Of” Mean In Descartes’s Expression, “The Passions Of The Soul?” p. 12

 
Session 2:
December 6 & December 7 (2019)

Applied & Clinical Phenomenology/Psychoanalytic-Existential Analysis:
(Friday, 4-6 p.m. MT)
Bion
The Clinical Thinking of Wilfried Bion, Symington, Routledge, 1996.

4 – The Grid – Review
5 – Myth and the Grid
6 – Container-Contained
7 – Alpha Function

 

 

Transcendental/Existential Phenomenology:
(Friday, 6-8 MT)

Patocka
Body, Community, Language, World. Jan Patocka. Translated by Erazim Kohak. Edited by James Dodd. Chicago, IL: Open Court, 1999.

Part One – Body and the Personal Structure of Experience p. 1
Sixth Lecture – Recapitulation. Personal Situational Structures p. 47
Seventh Lecture – Recapitulation. Personal Situational Structures p. 55
Eighth Lecture – I and the Other: Appresentation and Being-With p. 83
Ninth Lecture – Being-in-The-Body and Phenomenology p. 69
Tenth Lecture – Three Types of Phenomenology p. 77

 

Psychoanalysis & Philosophy:
(Saturday, 10-noon p.m. MT)
Lacan
Ecrits, Lacan, Article 25 (“In Memory of Earnest Jones: On His Theory of Symbolism”); Article 26 (“On an Ex Post Facto Syllabary”)

 
Critical Theory, Cultural Criticism & Psychoanalysis:
(Saturday, noon-2 p.m. MT)
Malabou
Self and Emotional Life: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience, Johnston, Malabou Columbia, 2013

A “Self-Touching You”: Derrida and Descartes p. 19

The Neural Self” Damasio Meets Descartes p. 26

 
Session 3:
March 6 & 7 (2020)

Applied & Clinical Phenomenology/Psychoanalytic-Existential Analysis:
(Friday, 4-6 p.m. MT)

 
Bion
The Clinical Thinking of Wilfried Bion, Symington, Routledge, 1996.

8 – A Diagnosis of Thought
9 – Psychic Reality
10 – The Growth of Thought
11 – Transformations

 
Transcendental/Existential Phenomenology:
(Friday, 6-8 p.m. MT)

Patocka
Body, Community, Language, World. Jan Patocka. Translated by Erazim Kohak. Edited by James Dodd. Chicago, IL: Open Court, 1999.

Part Two – Being in the World: Two Phenomenologies
Eleventh Lecture – Husserl’s and Heidegger’s Phenomenology p. 89
Twelfth Lecture – Existence, Phenomenon p. 99
Thirteenth Lecture – Reflections as the Practice of Self-Discovery p. 109
Fourteenth Lecture – Phenomenology Within the Limits of Experience p. 119
Fifteenth Lecture – World of Objects and Pragmatic

 
Psychoanalysis & Philosophy:
(Saturday, 10-noon p.m. MT)

Lacan
Ecrits, Article 27 (“Guiding Remarks for a Convention on Female Sexuality”)

 

Critical Theory, Cultural Criticism & Psychoanalysis:
(Saturday, noon-2 p.m. MT)
Malabou
Self and Emotional Life: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience, Johnston, Malabou Columbia, 2013

Affects Are Always Affects Of Essence: Book 3 of Spinoza’s Ethics p. 35

The Face And The Close-up: Deleuze’s Spinozist Approach to Descartes p. 43

 

Session 4:
June 5 and June 6 (2020)

Applied and Clinical Phenomenology/Psychoanalytic-Existential Analysis:
(Friday, 4-6 p.m. MT)
Bion
The Clinical Thinking of Wilfried Bion, Symington, Routledge, 1996.

12 – The Study of Groups
13 – The Phenomenology of Psychosis
14 – Without Memory or Desire
15 – Ultimate Reality, Mystic and the Establishment
Epilogue

 
Transcendental/Existential Phenomenology:
(Friday, 6-8 p.m. MT)
Patocka
Body, Community, Language, World. Jan Patocka. Translated by Erazim Kohak. Edited by James Dodd. Chicago, IL: Open Court, 1999.

Part Two – Being in the World: Two Phenomenologies
Sixteenth Lecture – Affection and Sensibility
Seventeenth Lecture – Care and the Three Movements of Human Life
Eighteenth Lecture –Care and the Three Movements of Human Life
Nineteenth Lecture –Phenomenality, Being, and the Reduction
Twentieth Lecture – Personal Spatiality, Heidegger

 
Psychoanalysis & Philosophy:
(Saturday, 10-noon p.m.)
Lacan
Ecrits, Lacan Article 28 (“The Youth of Gide, or the Letter and Desire”)

 
Critical Theory, Cultural Criticism & Psychoanalysis:
(Saturday, noon-2 p.m. MT)
Malabou
Self and Emotional Life: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience, Johnston, Malabou, Columbia, 2013

Damasio As A Reader Of Spinoza p. 50

On Neural Plasticity, Trauma, And The Loss of Affects p. 56

Conclusion p. 63
January 1, 2018 version
EPIS curriculum, copyright, 2019-20
Official Version, Draft 1
EPIS Education

July 26 & 27
EPIS 2019 Call for Papers
Subjectivization & Freedom in a New Era of Constraints

July 26 and 27, 2019

The EPIS Psychoanalytic Institute is accepting papers for its 2019 conference on the meaning of freedom today, given current social and political structure, sophisticated technology, complex laws and regulations, the Internet, unprecedented levels of violence, and an unparalleled semio-capitalism and economy of commodification.

While looking to past theories in psychoanalysis and phenomenology is important, this conference will focus on new, creative ideas, concepts, and theories. The goal is to produce presentations and papers that explore innovative work in psychoanalysis and phenomenology as it pertains to the construction of self-constitution, autonomy, meaning, and freedom in a world that is hyper-dominated by the quest for acquisition, profit, and possession, and complex linguistic structures that create inertia, confusion, and sedimentation.

Our hope is to produce papers that explore alienated relationships between humans and structuralized semiology of capitalism of the lived world, life, and the given, and our contemporary understanding of psychoanalysis and phenomenology. This involves, necessarily, psychoanalytic thinking, critical theory, applied phenomenology, praxis, and potentials for transformative change, individually and collectively. Please refer to episjournal.com for policies.

Traditionally, however, psychologists and psychoanalysts will use APA-Style guide and philosophers will use the Chicago Manual of Style. Please also submit a paper for the 2019 journal issue even if you cannot attend the conference. Please submit these papers to Kevin Boileau, PhD, at kbradref@gmail.com.