Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Radical Ethics in Times of Plague
Presented by Donna Orange, PhD, PsyD
Saturday, January 22, 2022
9:00AM – 12:15PM Central Time


Live via Zoom
*Pre-registration required for Zoom invitation

Registration Fees
Active Members: $75
Friend Members: $90
Student Members: $45
Non-members: $105

Instructional Level: Intermediate
The twin plagues we are currently living, COVID19 and white supremacy, challenge the foundations of the European/U.S./Australian forms of life we have known until now, requiring both a radical ethics and a psychoanalytic linking. Forms of unconsciousness, long known to psychoanalysts, but now seen to bear malignant consequences, require new names. Radical ethics, born from the Nazi time, can help us to locate our responsibility, both for the past and for the future. One form of work on these problems, ethical reading, can help to make our shared unconsciousness conscious, and question our bystander status.
  1. Explain what radical ethics means.
  2. Explain how radical ethics confronts white supremacy.
  3. Explain how radical ethics engages with COVID.
Educated in philosophy, clinical psychology and psychoanalysis, Donna Orange, PhD, PsyD teaches at NYU Postdoc (New York); IPSS (Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York); and in private study groups. She also offers clinical consultation/supervision in these institutes and beyond. Recent books are Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies (2010); The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice (2011); Nourishing the Inner Life of Clinicians and Humanitarians: The Ethical Turn in Psychoanalysis; Climate Crisis, Psychoanalysis, and Radical Ethics (2016); and most recently, Psychoanalysis, History, and Radical Ethics: Learning to Hear (2020). Dr. Orange is 2021 Visiting Professor of Phenomenology, Duquesne University.

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