|The Ethics of Dream Interpretation
John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor
Committee on Social Thought, Philosophy
University of Chicago
Wednesday November 17, 2004
Logan Hall, 249 South 36th Street
Award-winning University of Chicago philosopher and psychoanalyst Jonathan Lear discusses the ethical dimension of Freudís theory of dreams. What is the enduring significance of Freudian dream interpretation? How well did the Viennese theorist understand the ethical implications of his approach?
Slips of Tongue: The Unspeakable
An exhibition of photography, video, and installation
immediately following Jonathan Lear's lecture
The Philomathean Society Art Gallery
College Hall, 3rd floor
The Department of Fine Arts, MFA Photography, at
PennDesign, in collaboration with the Penn Humanities Forum presents
four artists, Jonathan Prull, Barbara Smyla, Delmira Valladares,
and Brent Wahl. Each artist explores themes associated with this
Penn Humanities Forum topic: “Sleep & Dreams.”
Working in a variety of mediums, the artists present
artworks at the Philomathean Society Art Gallery that reveal their
individual interpretation on the subject of dream analysis and
psychotherapy. At times absurd, humorous, and disturbing, these
uncanny recollections and manifestations submerge into the realm
of sleep in order to let slip and reveal phobias and delusions.
The artists investigate such subjects as sleep paralysis, lucid
dreaming, memory, hysteria, wish fulfillment, and the study of
brain activity during sleep.
Jonathan Lear's work at the intersection of philosophy
and psychoanalysis has helped renew Freud's reputation as a philosopher.
Lear graduated Yale, studied at University of Cambridge in England, and
took his PhD from Rockefeller University before training as an analyst
at Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. Before joining
the University of Chicago faculty in 1996, he was the Kingman Brewster
Professor of the Humanities at Yale University.
Prof. Lear is
a three-time winner of the Gradiva Award from the National Association
for Psychoanalysis for his books Happiness,
Death and the Remainder of Life (2000), and Open Minded:
Working Out the Logic of the Soul (1998), and for his article "The
shrink is in" (The New Republic, December 25, 1995).
Other works include Therapeutic Action:
An Earnest Plea for Irony (2003), Love and its Place in
Nature (1990), Aristotle: The Desire to Understand
(1988), Aristotle and Logical Theory (1980), and numerous
articles on psychoanalysis and philosophy. He is currently writing
a book on Freud to be published as part of the Routledge Philosophers