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TC14 Post-Conference with Philosopher Todd May

Philosopher Todd May speaks on Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze

May 1 & 2, 2017 

The workshop runs 9am – 12pm each morning with a break for lunch 12pm – 1:30pm. Following lunch the workshop will begin again at 1:30pm – 4:00pm.

 For many of us at VSNT (and within our community at large) Todd May’s TC-14 Post-conference workshop is a dream come true. To be taught philosophy by a philosopher! Todd will spend the mornings lecturing on the philosophers listed below and afternoons – inviting the therapist participant group to discuss how these philosophical ideas may find a fit and be shaping of our narrative practice. What could be better (:

Presenter: Todd May is a philosopher who has lectured on the philosophical foundations of narrative practice in Denmark, Norway, Paris, Minneapolis, England, and Canada.  He is the author of fourteen books of philosophy, many of them concerned with the work of Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze.  He was also thrown out of a Ph.D. program in psychology for questioning traditional psychology’s emphasis on the subject divorced from its social and political context.


Day 1: Maurice Merleau-Ponty

I have argued for years that Merleau-Ponty is the missing theorist in narrative practice. Starting from the idea that our primal experience of the world is through our body’s engagement with it, Merleau-Ponty offers a view of human beings that encourages us to see ourselves as corporeal beings inseparable from the world we inhabit. This workshop will discuss his view of the body in the world and build toward a conception of how we understand ourselves, fail to understand ourselves, and how reflecting on the corporeal can deepen our grasp of the power relations that take place through it.


Day 2: Gilles Deleuze

When he died, Michael White was immersed in Deleuze’s thought. I have often presented on what I believe Deleuze offers to narrative practice. His critique of identity in favor of difference, his concept of the virtual that is always offering more than what we can perceive, and his view of life as experimentation can help expand our own sense of our possibilities. This workshop will offer a framework for understanding this elusive thinker and his central concepts.

 TC-14 Post-conference Workshop limited to 30 participants.

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