At our last seminar, Marcus Pound and Tina Beattie led a conversation on the importance of psychoanalysis for theology. Marcus started the seminar with a brief overview of Lacanian psychoanalysis, explaining how Jacques Lacan developed Freud’s ideas by emphasizing the importance of speech. From there the conversation moved to the role of religion in psychoanalysis, including Freud’s discussion of the soul and the influence of Lacan’s Catholic upbringing.
We then turned to Tina’s work on Lacan and Aquinas. In her forthcoming book she argues that Lacan helps confront some of the Aristotelian problems that emerge in Aquinas work, particularly his understanding of creation.