Freud Freud



Professor Nickolas Pappas, Moderator

It is a sign of Freud’s influence that his name now identifies elements of human life, the “Freudian Slip” being almost as well-known as an Adam’s apple. In this Seminar, we will examine the core ideas of Freudian psychoanalysis. We will start with “normal” behavior and move on to the variety of normality we call neurosis. This will entail a look at the theory of sexuality that Freud argued for and the use of psychoanalytic therapy. Finally, we will look at applications of psychoanalysis to art, culture, and religion.

Recommended reading: Sigmund Freud, Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis (selections)
Peter Gay (ed.) The Freud Reader. New York, W. W. Norton & Company, 1989 (selections)

Session 1 Freudian Slips and Dream Interpretation
Session 2 The Origins and Symptoms of Neurosis
Session 3 Sex and Perversion
Session 4 Therapy
Session 5 Art and Literature
Session 6 Religion and politics

TUESDAYS, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
FEB 27
MAR 13, 27
APR 10
MAY 8, 22

Cost $475 (6 sessions)
*tax deductible portion is $237.50

Nickolas Pappas

NICKOLAS PAPPAS is Chair of the Philosophy Department Graduate Center, CUNY and has been a Professor of Philosophy at City College for more than twenty years. Professor Pappas received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Harvard University. His Guidebook to Plato’s Republic recently came out in a third edition, and has been translated into several languages. He has also written The Nietzsche Disappointment; Politics and Philosophy in Plato’s Menexenus (with Mark Zelcer); and published numerous articles on ancient philosophy.