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Fanaticism
Gérard Haddad

Saturday, December 10, 2022
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

From 20th-century racist totalitarianism to 21st-century religious fundamentalism, fanaticism has been one of the gravest of our age's social ills; has psychoanalysis paid it adequate attention? Largely through Lacan's theory, we will examine the structural underpinnings of fanatical discourse and the personalities that embrace it. In the process, we will explore the function of the “Cain complex.”

Suggested Readings Freud: Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego (1921), The Ego and the Id (1923). Lacan: Le Séminaire. Livre XXI. Les Non-dupes errent, 1973-74 (for the formulas of sexuation). Arendt, Hannah: The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951); Girard, René: Violence and the Sacred (1972). Haddad, Gérard: Dans la main droite de Dieu: psychanalyse du fanatisme (2015).

Gérard Haddad is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing in Paris. His theoretical work focuses on the study of religion in the light of psychoanalysis. His books include Les folies millénaristes, Le jour où Lacan m’a adopté, Freud en Italie, and, in English translation, Eating the Book: Dietary Rites and Paternal Function.

Fee: $40; for students with ID: $10. Registration details to follow.

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