Talia Morag talia.morag at gmail.com
Wed Dec 9 22:15:02 AEDT 2015

* With Apologies for cross-posting


The Refectory,

Quadrangle A14

University of Sydney

In an age of specialization, Jonathan Lear is a philosopher and public
intellectual of rare distinction, whose work ranges over many diverse areas
of philosophy, social life and personal psychology. He has published books
and articles on ancient Greek philosophy, ethics, social philosophy,
literature, moral psychology, and Wittgenstein. Lear’s practice and
thinking in psychoanalysis, gives his writings a depth of psychological
insight often missing in contemporary philosophy.

Jonathan Lear is the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the
Committee on Social Thought and in the Department of Philosophy and the
Director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the
University of Chicago. He is also a practicing psychoanalyst and serves on
the faculties of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and the Western New
England Institute for Psychoanalysis. His books include: Aristotle and
Logical Theory; Aristotle: The Desire to Understand; Love and Its Place in
Nature: A Philosophical Interpretation of Freudian Psychoanalysis;
Therapeutic Action: An Earnest Plea for Irony; Happiness, Death and the
Remainder of Life; Freud. After the publication of his book Radical Hope:
Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation, Lear was adopted into a Crow

In addition to Lear’s keynote lecture, the Symposium will include 4 panels:
on Ancient Philosophy, Social thought, Moral Psychology and the Philosophy
of Psychoanalysis.

Attendance is free




18:30 – 20:30

*Jonathan Lear: Psychoanalysis and Ethical Life*

Followed by responses by psychoanalysts, general discussion and a cheese &
wine reception


8:30  Early Coffee & Tea

*9:00 – 10:40 ANTIQUITY*

Paul Thom (Sydney)            Theatrical Representation and the ‘Poetic

Rick Benitez (Sydney)  Allegory, Myth and the Reading of Plato’s Dialogues

Han Baltussen (Adelaide)    Lear on Aristotle: The Desire to Explain

10:40 – 11:00 Morning Tea

*11:00 – 12:30  SOCIETY*

Danielle Celermajer (Sydney) The Reality of Brokenness and the Possibility
of Hope

Paul Patton (UNSW)   The Future of Radical Hope

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break (own arrangements)

*14:00 – 15:40 MORAL PSYCHOLOGY*

Megan Laverty (Columbia.U)  Jonathan Lear's Case for Concepts

David Macarthur (Sydney) The Invisibility of Everyday Psychology:
Reflections on Lear’s Reflections on Williams

Melissa Merritt (UNSW) Motherhood in Ferrante’s “The Lost Daughter”: a Case
Study of Irony as Extraordinary Reflection

15:40 – 16:00 Afternoon Tea

*16:00 – 17:45 PSYCHOANALYSIS*

Russell Grigg (Deakin)  The Lack in Psychoanalysis: a Lacanian Reflects on
the Work of Jonathan Lear

Talia Morag (Sydney, WSU)  The Difficulty of Making Room for the

Justin Clemens (Melbourne)           "A Universe of Death”?

*17:45 – 18:15  Commentary by Jonathan Lear*

The Symposium is part of Jonathan Lear’s visit to Sydney, sponsored by
the Faculty
of Arts and Social Sciences of the University of Sydney
<http://sydney.edu.au/arts/>, Creating a Safe Supportive Environment (CASSE)
<http://www.casse.org.au/>, the Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis
<http://www.sydneypsychoanalysis.asn.au/>, and the Australian
Psychoanalytical Society <http://psychoanalysis.asn.au/>.

For more details about events during Lear’s visit to Sydney visit:

Psyche + Society
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