Alenka Zupančič holds a PhD from the Universities of Ljubljana and Paris VIII. She is a senior fellow at the Institute for Philosophy, Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts, and a guest professor at the European university of interdisciplinary studies in Switzerland. She is in advisory board of Philosophy and Society and collaborator at the Center for Advanced Studies of South East Europe. She authored numerous articles and books on psychoanalysis and philosophy, translated on many languages. Some of her books translated in English are The Odd One In: on Comedy; Why Psychoanalysis: Three Interventions; The Shortest Shadow: Nietzsche’s Philosophy of the Two and Ethics of the Real: Kant and Lacan. Alenka Zupančič is also coeditor of Analecta and editor in chief of the journal for philosophy and psychoanalysis Problemi (Problems).
The sexual and ontology
Dec 17 2013, Belgrade City Library, The Roman Hall
Freudian understanding of sexuality is often portrayed as claiming that all things, at the end, have sexual meaning. This hermeneutical view on psychoanalysis oversees the latter’s key discovery and originality. Freud discovered that human sexuality represents a problem (something that needs to be explained), rather than a tool for solving all (other) problems. Sexuality is intrinsically problematic: it is not a material that can be suitably described and delineated, but is instead the very impossibility of being bounded or demarcated. As such, sexuality is important in conceptual and ontological terms. The lesson and the imperative of psychoanalysis is not – “let’s pay full attention to the meaning of sexual as the principal horizon”; instead it is about reducing the sex and the sexual (which was, in fact, always overburdened with meanings and interpretations) to the point of ontological inconsistency, which is itself non-reducible.
Organized in cooperation of the Belgrade City Library and the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory
Hegel and Freud
December 18 2013
The presentation will focus on Freud’s famous text on Verneinung (Negation), by examining its connection with Hegel’ notion and operation Aufhebung. The idea is to suggest a certain kind of parallel installation of the two conceptual operations against the background that will shed some light on certain singular, less obvious, but absolutely key aspects of the two concepts, as well as the wider theoretical frameworks in which they emerge.