Love Comes in Spurts
Justin Clemens will speak about love in psychoanalysis. The talk situates Freud and the psychoanalytical heritage’s theories of love in a heretical position vis-à-vis naturalism on the one hand and culturalism on the other. Love in psychoanalysis is at once a world-forming and world-destroying form of dissimulating bond, in which you get to have your mother and eat her too – over and over again. Good times, great classic hits.
This Is Not a Love Song.
Adam Bartlett is speaking about what is love for philosophy. The talk elaborates both Plato’s and Alain Badiou’s rejection of the various pathologies of love – romantic, conjugal, ecstatic, pedagogical and so on – and traces out from this a shared though disjunct conception of what Badiou calls the Scene of the Two. As a construction between two, ‘love is a thought’.