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Hamlet and the Modern World

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The figure of Hamlet reverberates in our culture. Psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster and professor of philosophy Simon Critchley, show how the power of Hamlet casts light on the intractable dilemmas of human existence. In Stay, Illusion: The Hamlet Doctrine, the authors show how Hamlet discloses the modern paradox of our lives: how thought and action seem to pull against each other, the one annulling the possibility of the other.

Guests:

Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster

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APRIL from MANHATTAN

FORTUNATELY JUNG CAME ALONG AND REALIZED ALL MYTHS HAVE MEANING. NOT JUST ONE: THE OEDIPAL MYTH. FREUD ASKED JUNG, "PROMISE ME YOU WON'T GIVE UP THE DOGMA OF SEXUALITY?" "DOGMA" "DOGMA" WASN'T A NEGATIVE WORD AT THE TIME. JUNG COULDN'T. HE INVESTIGATED THE ALCHEMICAL PROCESS AND ANALYZED IT IN DREAMS OF PATIENTS HE HADN'T MET. FREUD THOUGHT THERE WAS A DEATH INSTINCT. WHAT WOULD YOUR GUEST SAY ABOUT THAT? DO BRITISH FREUDIANS ALSO DISMISS THE DEATH INSTINCT AS WELL? MOST NEW YORKERS DON'T REALIZE HOW MANY JUNGIANS THERE ARE HERE, AND HOW FEW FREUDIANS THERE ARE AROUND THE COUNTRY. A FRIEND IN MIAMI ASKED, "ARE THERE REALLY STILL FREUDIANS?" SHE A PSYCHOLOGIST. THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION DISMISSES THE EFFICACY OF ANALYSIS IN GENERAL.

Jul. 09 2013 01:59 PM
Ed from Larchmont

He does get his revenge on Claudius.

Jul. 09 2013 01:52 PM
Ed from Larchmont

There is a positive reading of Hamlet, which is kind of current in the current debate of Shakespeare's religion, as the evolution of a pagan man to a devout Christian.

Jul. 09 2013 01:43 PM

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