Law, Psychoanalysis, and Ideas of Human Agency

Session 5: Confessions, Reliable and Unreliable

Wed, 03/02/2011
4:30 PM, Kerstetter Room, Marx Hall
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event

Guest Speaker: Jeannie SukHarvard Law School

For schedule, readings and syllabus, see

A Faculty/Student Seminar directed by Peter Brooks (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholar, UCHV and Comp. Lit.) with Martin Stone, Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  

This seminar series may be taken for credit -- COM 571/CHV 571

The Ethics of Reading Seminars and Lectures explore what the interpretive humanities—specifically a certain tradition of attentive or close reading—may offer to those engaged in the cultures and discourses of professionalism and professional education in the fields of law, religion, and psychoanalysis, among others.  The program takes its inspiration from the conviction that the study of poetry, broadly defined— and the study of what we are doing and learning when we attend closely to textual language—is a form of knowledge crucially important in the world now.  Learning to read and interpret rigorously, with a sense of textual constraint as well as imaginative potential, should be —and, rightly conducted, usually is—an ethical project.  The seminars and lectures are designed to bring faculty and graduate students from different fields together to read a small corpus of assigned texts, and to discuss and analyze more broadly the role of reading and interpretation in their respective fields.  This year, the seminar will be an open-ended discussion of the many issues raised by the intersection of law and psychoanalysis in the understanding of human action and motive.   

This series is sponsored by The University Center for Human Values, the Department of Comparative Literature and The Law and Public Affairs Program in the Woodrow Wilson School, and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Distinguished Achievement Award.