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Vol.1 2014.03.03 HARA, Kazuyuki

“Elimination” in Development: From the Psychoanalytical Angle

March 3-4, 2014

Sigmund Freud, the Viennese doctor who came up with “psychoanalysis” as a cure for hysteria, later came to believe that in general, the unconscious desire is the trigger for the disease, departing from his initial conception of trauma, or the recalled memory of immense shock experienced by the subject. The unconscious desire not only generates and sustains pathological symptoms but also manifests itself as resistance to treatments that attempt to cure such symptoms. The latter became more problematized as discussions about analytical methodology gained more depth, and it led to the theoretical question of how human desire is formulated in the first place. This question gave rise to the so-called “theory of libidinal development,” which discusses the process of transformation that various forms of desire (or “libido”) for various objects go through in the course of human development. The theory of libidinal development situates basic kinds of human desire at earlier stages of human development, and here, elimination or excretion, was understood as an important turning point alongside eating.

This lecture will provide an overview of how various turning points concerning elimination or excretion are situated within the psychoanalytic discussions of desire. Our main points of reference will be theories of the 20th century British psychoanalyst Melanie Klein as well as the 20th century French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, among others in addition to Sigmund Freud.


HARA, Kazuyuki
Associate Professor at Multidimensional Analysis of World Structure, Department of Area Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo. Majored in Area Studies (France) at University of Tokyo's Undergraduate Program and subsequently its Graduate School. Studied Philosophy at Université Paris 1 as well as Université Paris 4. Ph.D. from Université Paris 4 (History of Philosophy). Assistant Professor (Associate Professor) at the Department of Area Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo since April, 2004, after serving as Full-Time Lecturer and Assistant Professor at University of Electro-Communications. Publications include Lacan: an Exodus of Philosophical Space (Kodansha).


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