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Jean-Claude Milner

Is Lacan's Reference to Koyré and Kojève Still Fruitful?

Jul 1,19:30, 2016
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In one of his most important contributions, ‘La science et la vérité’, Lacan linked the legitimacy of psychoanalysis to the construction of modern science. In order to define this ‘modernity’, he relied on Alexandre Koyré’s famous statement: the paradigm of modern science is mathematized physics. Yet Lacan stressed the importance of Alexandre Kojève's comment on Koyré’s claim: since mathematized physics is radically opposed to the Greek conception of mathematics and of physics, it needed the Christian revolution, more precisely, it was connected to the non-Greek part of Christianity, namely Judaism.

Jean-Claude Milner has served as director of the Laboratory of Formal Linguistics at the Université Paris VII – Diderot and of the Collège international de philosophie, was a participant of the École freudienne de Paris and is a poignant commentator of French and European politics. His most recent books include Détections fictives (2014), Harry Potter. À l’école des sciences morales et politiques (2014), La Puissance du détail. Phrases célèbres et fragments en philosophie (2014), Die nicht zu unterscheidenden Namen (2013), Das helle Werk: Lacan, Wissenschaft, Philosophie (2013).


Jean-Claude Milner’s lecture is the keynote of the Workshop Psychoanalysis and Science: Contingency and Materialism, which discusses the relation between psychoanalysis and science, asking not whether psychoanalysis is a science, wants to be a science, or calls science into question, but what role scientific models play within psychoanalysis.

Time: Friday, 1 July 2016, 19:30
Venue: ICI Berlin
In English

Organized by Michaela Wünsch, co-organized by Marcus Coelen


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