Seminars at Sainte-Anne - Year 1


How can the philosophical and psychiatric theories about the subject help us to consider the place of the human being, his role, his interactions with the institution, or his involvement in the city? How can we care for him/her when the feeling of the erosion of self is reinforced by new or revived psychological or social alienation? How, within the hospital, at the heart of the world of health and illness, can we think about the superior quality of the subject when he or she is vulnerable, sometimes scarred by trauma, and insecure in his or her individuation processes?

Lionel Naccache – Consciousness and Narrative Identity

Social alienation and its contemporary manifestations

In today’s society, what makes the subject disappear, turning him into “other”, “foreign to himself”? Cynthia Fleury analyses the concept of social alienation and its dynamics in Karl Marx before unravelling the mechanics of self-loss in addiction and substance abuse. This lecture in the Seminars at Saint-Anne series was given on 9 January under the…

Asperger’s Syndrome, what it says about the subject

Whether thought of in terms of Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) or Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome is a complex, life-long neurodevelopmental disorder that appears before the age of 3 years and affects all areas of child development. It causes difficulty in communication, social interaction and repetitive behaviour, which reflect both a deficit and an…

The Althusser case or the erasure of the subject

In The Future Lasts Forever, philosopher Louis Althusser attempts to justify the murder of his wife, Hélène, as the “very sign of [her] erasure”. This is an opportunity to address the melancholy question and to question the psychologization of a feminicide. Louis Althusser, a leading figure of the rue d’Ulm and the intellectual circles of…

Montaigne, a modern subject

Technology allows us to observe the brain like never before, but just what is the subject behind the diodes? Who is he? “A mixed man,” answers philosopher Cynthia Fleury, quoting Montaigne and his Essays in this introductory session of the seminar “The Subject in Psychiatry” on 7 November 2017. At a time when the neurosciences…

Philippe Cabestan – What phenomenology for psychiatry?

Dans le Gai savoir, Nietzche fait annoncer à « l’Insensé » la mort de Dieu. Philippe Cabestan utilise cette référence pour mettre en avant l’idée que la psychanalyse est morte. On peut s’interroger sur le discrédit de la psychanalyse.

The societal subject and the sick subject – Philippe Nuss

Singular subject or social subject: who falls ill and who needs to be treated? Illness concerns each and every one of us. It affects both singular and social identity. Indeed, illness affects the subject not only in the uniqueness of his or her existence but also in the social group to which he or she…

What is restraint in psychiatry? – Charles Alezrah