Tuesday 19 March
Professor Paul Bishop (University of Glasgow)
The Function of the Symbol in Goethe, Cassirer, Jung and Klages
This paper will try to outline the ways in which three twentieth century thinkers take up and develop the notion of the symbol proposed by Goethe in his writings. How do a philosopher, a psychoanalyst, and a ‘biocentric metaphysician’ use Goethe’s notion in their respective intellectual systems? What are the specific characteristics of their use of this notion? And to what extent do all three draw on Goethe’s morphology to define what it means to live in a world?
Location: UCL Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, Room 544,* 5th Floor, 1‑19 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HB
Directions: >From the main reception, go through the double doors at the back and turn left, walk the length of this corridor and at the very end turn left again ‑ you will find yourself in front of the ‘West’ Lifts. Take these to 5th Floor. On exiting the lift, turn right through double doors and then left through single door, walk the length of this corridor pass through another door and then turn right ‑ you will see a marble table ahead. Room 544 is straight ahead.