Maudsley Lecture | Dante's Allegorical Vision and the Structure of Ethics

 

 
Dante's Allegorical Vision and the Structure of Ethics
 
4 July
David Black 
7.00pm - 8.30pm
10 Windsor Walk SE5 8BB or online via Zoom
 
Chaired by: Anne Patterson & Emma Hotopf  
 
This paper suggests that allegory, at least in Dante's hands, gives a language for psychological thinking very different from, but not necessarily inferior to, the objective scientific language in which psychoanalysis and modern psychology are done.  Allegory, like dream, requires interpretation; it does not require belief.  Looking in particular at the second canticle of Dante's Comedy, the Purgatorio, I shall suggest that its dual structure (allegorised by the need for two guides, Virgil and Beatrice) points to the two levels of value necessary for an adequate account of ethics. This requirement is not fully met by the idea of a superego, and has perhaps been most clearly seen in modern times by the French thinker Emmanuel Levinas. 
 
David M. Black is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, now retired from clinical work.  He has written widely on matters to do with psychoanalysis, ethics, and religion; his most recent book is a translation of Dante's Purgatorio, published with a lengthy psychological commentary in the NYRB Classics series in 2021.  Website: dmblack.net
 
 
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When
July 4th, 2022 7:00 PM through  8:30 PM
Location
Remote Event, delivered via Zoom
London
United Kingdom
Contact
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