Mon, 19 April 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT


Giles Fraser Meets Adam Phillips

On Wanting To Change

The renowned psychoanalyst returns to How To Academy to delve into the deeply human impulse to improve ourselves, asking why we feel it, how it works and what it means.

We live in a world in which we are invited to change – to become our best selves, through politics, or fitness, or diet, or therapy.

We change all the time – growing older and older – and how we think about change changes over time too.

We want to think of our lives as progress myths – as narratives of positive personal growth – at the same time as we inevitably age and suffer setbacks.

So there are the stories we tell about change, and there are the changes we actually make – and they don’t always go, or come, together . . .

This event is about that fact.

The leading voice in literary psychoanalysis, with fans including Zadie Smith, Jonathan Safran Foer and Deborah Levy, Adam Phillips joins us for a unique conversation with Reverend Giles Fraser exploring the fertile terrain of the human condition with the wisdom and insight which have made him one of the foremost public intellectuals of our time.

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Adam Phillips

Psychoanalyst and Author

Adam Phillips, formerly Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital, London, is a practising psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English department at the University of York. He is the author of numerous works of psychoanalysis and literary criticism, including most recently Attention Seeking, In Writing and Unforbidden Pleasures. He is General Editor of the Penguin Modern Classics Freud translations, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Giles Fraser

Author, Broadcaster and Parish Priest

Giles Fraser is a parish priest at St Mary, Newington in South London. He has been a Lecturer in Philosophy and chaplain at Wadham College, Oxford, and Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral. He is the author of Redeeming Nietzsche: On the Piety of Unbelief, How to Believe: Investigating Wittgenstein and Christianity with Attitude. For some years he wrote the ‘Loose Canon’ column in the Guardian and is a regular broadcaster on The Moral Maze and Thought for the Day on Radio 4.