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Francoise Davoine (Paris)
Francoise Davoine will speak about her book, "Wittgenstein's Folly" (Routledge, 2012) in which she
describes Wittgenstein's dialogues with patients who have experienced and passed through madness and traumas.
After Davoine had published her book about "Wittgenstein's Folly" , she discovered that Wittgenstein had indeed
conducted conversations with Dr. Maurice O'Drury, a psychiatrist from Dublin whom Wittgenstein had asked to
interview his patients to help him get a sense of their particular form of madness.
This talk will not specifically address Wittgenstein's own potential madness, but address
the kind of madness/folly isolated people take refuge in when they are faced with traumatic historical catastrophes
which leave them no other place than to reside in madness or folly itself.
Francoise Davoine is a psychoanalyst who works in Paris. She trained in the 1970's at Lacan's Ecole Freudienne de
Paris. With advanced degrees in the Classics and in French Literature, she obtained a doctorate in sociology at the Ecole
des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. She heads the conference at the EHESS where she along with her late
husband Jean Max Gaudilliere conducted a seminar for 40 years on "Madness and the Social Link". She is the author of
several books, Wittgenstein's Folly (2012), Mother Folly, A Tale (2014) Fighting Melancholia (2016), A word to the Wise,
Don Quixote's Returns to Fight Perversion (2017) and History Beyond Trauma (2004).
(Vortrag in englischer Sprache – eine deutsche Übersetzung
wird vor Ort in schriftlicher Form bereitgestellt)
(Moderation Jeanne Wolff Bernstein)