Oxford-Style Debate with Drs. Rachel Blass and Mark Solms
Friday, March 31, 2017
Oxford-Style Debate with Rachel Blass, PhD and Mark Solms, PhD
"This house believes that neuroscience has nothing to contribute to the clinical practice of psychoanalysis."
In this Oxford-Style Debate, the audience will vote for or against the above motion before the presentations begin and then, again, afterward. Each speaker will present his/her case (about 20 mins each), respond to the other's case (about 10 mins each), and take questions from the floor (about 20 mins). The aim is to see who swayed the audience more in what will surely be an exciting and unpredictable debate.
Mark Solms will present first, Rachel Blass second, and Lois Oppenheim will moderate.
No CME or CE credits offered.
This event is supported by a grant from the IPA CAPSA Fund.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium
Rachel Blass, Ph.D. is a member and Training Analyst at the Israel Psychoanalytic Society, a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, Professor of Psychoanalysis at Heythrop College, and Visiting Professor UCL, University of London. She is also a board member and editor of the "Controversies" section of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. She has published over 70 articles and a book; her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Dr. Blass has lectured, taught courses, and offered workshops and clinical seminars in many countries. Her writings, which mainly offer close study of Freud's texts and of Kleinian thinking and practice, deepen the understanding of what psychoanalysis teaches us about the essential nature of the person, the mind, knowledge, the analytic process and what is uniquely analytic and valuable about it.
This past year she has published the following:
Blass, R. B. (2015). Conceptualizing splitting: On the different meanings of splitting and their implications for the understanding of the person and the analytic process. International Journal of Psychoanalysis. 96: 123-139.
Blass, R. B. and Carmeli, Z. (2015). Further evidence for the case against neuropsychoanalysis: How Yovell, Solms, and Fotopoulou's response to our critique confirms the irrelevance and harmfulness to psychoanalysis of the contemporary neuroscientific trend. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 96: 1555–1573.
Blass, R.B. (2015). Psychoanalytic theories as efforts to grasp the true (not fictional) nature of human reality: Commentary on Greenberg. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 63:47-63.
Blass, R. B. (2016). The quest for truth as the foundation of psychoanalytic practice: A traditional, Freudian-Kleinian perspective. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 85: 305-337.
Blass, R. B. (2016) Understanding Freud’s conflicted view of the object-relatedness of sexuality and its implications for contemporary psychoanalysis: A re-examination of Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality. International Journal of Psychoanalysis. 97
Blass, R. B. (2016). Introduction to: Is the nature of psychoanalytic thinking and practice (e.g., in regard to sexuality) determined by extra-analytic social and cultural developments? International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 97.
Blass, R. B. (2016). Bion as a Kleinian: An elaboration of the phantasy of the mind in “Attacks on linking”. In E. O’Shaughnessy and C. Bronstein (eds) Attacks on Linking Revisited. Psychoanalytic Ideas and Application Series (of the IPA Books). London: Karnac Press.
Blass, R. B. (in press). The teaching of Klein: Some guidelines for opening students to the heart of Kleinian thinking and practice. In K. Long and P. Garvey (eds). Klein. London: Karnac Press.
Mark Solms, Ph.D. is best known for his discovery of the forebrain mechanisms of dreaming, and for his pioneering integration of psychoanalytic theories and methods with those of modern neuroscience. Currently he holds the Chair of Neuropsychology at University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital (Departments of Psychology and Neurology). His other current positions include Honorary Lecturer in Neurosurgery at St. Bartholomew's & Royal London School of Medicine and Director of the Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis at New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (NYPSI). He was awarded Honorary Membership to NYPSI in 1998. Other awards include the George Sarton Medal of the Rijksuniversiteit Gent (1996) and the Sigourney Prize (2012).
Dr. Solms has published widely in both neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals, and has authored five books. His co-authored book The Brain and the Inner World (2002) is a best-seller and has been translated into 12 languages. He is the authorized editor and translator of the forthcoming Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 vols) and the Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 vols). He is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and the South African Psychoanalytical Association, of which he is President.
What is Oxford-Style Debating?
Following the tradition of the Oxford Union debating society of Oxford University, "Oxford-Style" debates feature a formal, competitive format in which a sharply- framed motion is proposed by one side and opposed by another. The debate is hosted by a moderator, who introduces the motion and the speakers. The debate then follows a formal structure; the audience members cast a pre-debate vote on the motion that is either for, against or undecided. Each panelist presents an opening statement, after which the moderator takes questions from the audience. Finally, each panelist delivers a brief closing argument, and the audience delivers their final vote for comparison against the first. A winner is declared by the majority or by which team has swayed more audience members between the two votes. The Oxford Union is one the world's most prestigious debating societies and it has
influenced many other political and academic institutions worldwide.
NO CME OR CE CREDITS OFFERED.