September 6, 2017
with Eli Zaretsky, Ph.D.
Dr. Zaretsky will present a new reading of Moses and Monotheism. The usual readings emphasize the way the book presents a view of Jewish identity. His reading will argue that at a deeper level the book was a meditation on the fate of psychoanalysis in the era of both totalitarianism and the American century, i.e. the integration of psychoanalysis into American culture. To make this argument requires clarifying both what a Freudian approach to history looks like, and how the history of psychoanalysis fits into twentieth century history overall. Key concepts for this approach include regression and Geistigkeit.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium