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Radical Psychoanalysis — Laplanche in America

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Co-sponsoring with MPG Consulting NYC

Invite You to Our Sunday Dialogue Program

Radical Psychoanalysis — Laplanche in America with Gila Ashtor, PhD, LP

Sunday, December 4, 2022, 1:00-3:30pm, on Zoom

3 CE credit hours for Social Workers and Licensed Psychoanalysts holding Licenses in New York State


Program Description:

Jean Laplanche is one of the leading theorists in French psychoanalytic thought, but his writing has only recently been translated into English; thus, his theories remain largely underrepresented in contemporary psychoanalytic discourse. Gila Ashtor’s Exigent Psychoanalysis, The Interventions of Jean Laplanche (Routledge, 2021) represents an important contribution to a new wave of American scholarship that explicates Laplanche’s contributions for Anglophone readers.


In this presentation, Ashtor demonstrates how Laplanche’s radical innovations offer a critical and provocative alternative to the dominant strands of psychoanalysis today, drawing lines between his theories; his critique of Freud; affect and queer theories; and the fractious development of American psychoanalysis


Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation the participant will be able to:


  1. Describe what Laplanche means by the competing “Ptolemaic” and “Copernican” tendencies of psychoanalysis.
  2. Describe the importance of the “seduction theory” to psychoanalysis, and in particular, how Laplanche’s ideas on this topic differ from existing formulations.
  3. Define Laplanche’s concept of ‘enlarged’ sexuality and describe the meaning of this idea.
  4. Describe how Laplanche’s theory of translation differs from prevailing theories of motivation.
  5. (Explain how Laplanche’s ideas of seduction, sexuality and translation conduce to new conceptual foundations for psychoanalysis.


Gila Ashtor, PhD, LP is a professor, psychoanalyst and writer. Her areas of academic and clinical expertise are trauma, affective disorders, identity, and sexuality. In addition to Exigent Psychoanalysis: The Interventions of Jean Laplanche, she is the author of Homo Psyche: On Queer Theory and Erotophobia (Fordham UP, 2021) and an experimental memoir, Aural History (Punctum, 2020). She teaches at Columbia University and is on the faculty of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) where she teaches and supervises. She is in private practice in New York City.



Russell Merritt, LCSW, Faculty & Senior Supervisor,

Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society and Institute


A zoom link will be sent to registrants 1-2 days prior to the event.

For further information or questions please send an email to:


Russell Merritt, LCSW: [email protected]

If you do not receive a timely email response, telephone:

Nobuko Meaders, LCSW: 212-228-6988.

This program is approved for 3 CE Credit Hours

MPG Consulting is an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers (#0119) and for Licensed Psychoanalysts (3P-0034). MPG Consulting, LCSW, PLLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health.


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December 4, 2022
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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