The New School Philosophy Department & NPAP

February 6, 2014

Benjamin Fong: “Hans Loewald and the Death Drive”
Brian Kloppenberg: “What is a New Object? Thinking the Ontological Difference with Hans Loewald and Luce Irigaray”
Respondent: Aleksandra Wagner

Esther Sperber: “Sublimation – Building or Dwelling? Freud, Loewald and Architecture”
Respondent: Eli Zaretsky

Donna Orange:“What Kind of Ethics?: Loewald on Atonement and Responsibility”
Respondent: Daniella Polyak

Elliot Jurist: “Alive and Ticking? Loewald, the Superego, and the Future”
Respondent:Jeremy Safran

Joel Whitebook: Freud, Loewald and Religion
Moderator: Joshua Pineda

Jonathan Lear: “Mourning and Moral Psychology”
Respondent:Martin Stone



Kissing Disciplines

Response to Lew Aron’s Plenary Address
Psychology and the Other Conference
Lesley University, Cambridge MA
October 4-6, 2013

“Sylvia Lavin writes in her book “Kissing Architecture”:
“A kiss is the coming together of two similar but not identical surfaces, surfaces that soften, flex, and deform when in contact, a performance of temporary singularities.” (Lavin, 2011)

I get a bit excited when reading Lavin’s phenomenology of kissing. Not only because kissing is arousing, but, also, because Lavin employs kissing to suggest a way for two disciplines to interact…I am excited to envision a place in which psychoanalysis and its acceptance of the disorganized human mind can kiss the thoughtful reasoning philosophy, the wonderment of religion and perhaps even the concrete usefulness of architecture.”



Architectural and Psychoanalytic Thoughts on Prayer

Psychology and the Other Conference

Lesley University, Cambridge MA

October 4-6, 2013,

It is one of the most basic paradoxes of psychoanalysis that in order for a person – the patient – to discover and experience him/her self, they engage in a relationship with another person –the therapist. We become our own selves within a relational matrix of mothering, mirroring and mentalizing Others.

Over the last years I designed a number of synagogues and I am fascinated by the physical and spatial design as well and the personal, phenomenological experience of communal prayer.

I see communal prayer as similar to the magical moments in a psychoanalytic treatment that soften and dissolve the borders of self and other, past and present, verbal and embodied, creating a new shared intersubjective experience. Similarly, transcendent moments of communal prayer occur when the intimate, intrapsychic spiritual experience of accessing longings, vulnerability and gratitude are dialectically co-exist within the intersubjective experience of others and the shared rhythm of ritual.



The Muriel Gardiner Program in Psychoanalysis and the Humanities

The Wings of Daedalus: Relational Creativity in Architectural Practice

April 18, 2013

Psychoanalysis has been interested in the creative process, yet architecture has only rarely been studied from a psychoanalytic perspective. This paper examines the architectural creative process in which the space between an existing problem and a physical, occupyable building is bridged. I follow the story of Daedalus, the mythic first architect, suggesting that the architect’s creativity depends on the ability to utilize multiple modalities of the human mind and body, allowing them to converse with one another in what Philip Bromberg called a moment of “standing in the Spaces. The notion of sublimation is introduced to reestablish the place of the body in the artistic process, reminding us that the physical and the psychic are intertwined and must jointly participate in the creative process. I will conclude by demonstrating the participation of inner and outer self, mind and body in my design process for the Czech National Library International Competition.



the Wings of Daedalus

Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association

The Leading Edge of Creativity

Spring Meeting, Santa Fe, NM

April 22, 2012