Radical Ethics for the Time of the Plague draws from Donna Orange’s book Psychoanalysis, History, and Radical Ethics: Learning to Hear explores the importance of listening, being able to speak, and hearing those who are silenced, from a psychoanalytic perspective. In particular, it focuses on those voices silenced either collectively or individually by trauma, culture, discrimination and persecution, and even by the history of psychoanalysis. Drawing on lessons from philosophy and history as well as clinical vignettes, we intend to provide a thoughtful guide to understanding the role of trauma in creating silence, and the importance for psychoanalysts of learning to hear those silenced voices.
Now, however, we find ourselves, dumbfounded, in a time of worldwide plague. What are we called to hear now? What resources do we need to undergo, and to respond? Do the lessons we learned from the twentieth century help us now?
- Participants will be able to describe at least one phenomenology of silence.
- Participants will be able to tell at least one story of silencing in the history of psychoanalysis.
- Participants will be able to explain how reading history from the standpoint of the oppressed undoes silencing.
- Participants will be able to state at least one ethical consequence of psychoanalytic listening
- Participants will be able to explain what “radical ethics” is.
- Participants will be able to contrast and compare the radical ethics of Levinas and Løgstrup.
- Participants will be able to describe at least one form of silencing often found in times of plague.
- Participants will be able to describe two antidotes to exclusion and silencing.
- Participants will be able to explain how the plague experience generates both injustice and ethical response.
- Participants will be able to state a view on what constitutes the plague experience.
Timeline and Requirements:
The course will take place on July 17, 2020. This instructor-led and is a fully online experience. This will be conducted synchronously online via (Zoom) from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm (EST).
University Counseling Services of Boston College is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a co-sponsor of this program, University Counseling Services of Boston College maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants will be eligible to receive 4 CEU units from University Counseling Services of Boston College.
The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is providing sponsorship for CEUs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).
Fees & Policies:
Tuition includes all instructional materials. Participants receive a certificate of participation.
Payment is due by credit card at registration. Refunds will be granted only up to the first day of class/program.
Donna M. Orange, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Ph.D. in philosophy, Fordham University, New York, 1979.
Psy. D. in clinical psychology, Yeshiva University, New York, 1987.
Analytic certification, Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York, 1991
About Dr. Donna Orange
Educated in philosophy, clinical psychology and psychoanalysis, Donna Orange, PhD, PsyD teaches at NYU Postdoc (New York); IPSS (Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York); and in private study groups. She also offers clinical consultation/supervision in these institutes and beyond. Recent books are Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies (2010), and The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice (2011), Nourishing the Inner Life of Clinicians and Humanitarians: The Ethical Turn in Psychoanalysis, and Climate Crisis, Psychoanalysis, and Radical Ethics (2016), and most recently, Psychoanalysis, History, and Radical Ethics: Learning to Hear (2020).