Dreaming and Thinking [A]

Professor Sharon Sliwinski

Freud often insisted that, at bottom, dreams are simply a particular form of thinking made possible by the conditions of sleep. We will take this insight as the central theme of our course. Here dream will be understood both as a specific mental event and as a form of thinking, which is to say we will be exploring the terrain of dream-life but also investigating the nature of this “other form” of thinking and what it offers for ethics, politics, and social thought. As Derrida once proposed, while reflecting on one of Benjamin’s dreams, we must dare to take dream seriously, to care for what it lets us think about, especially when it lets us think about the “possibility of the impossible” and what would have to be done to think differently, to think thinking differently.

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