Introduction to the Unconscious


Introduction to the Unconscious


“This course opens the philosophical foundation for understanding modern psychoanalysis.” - Slavoj Žižek


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Psychology was forever revolutionised with the introduction the reality and the logic of the unconscious, originally defined as knowledge of an inexistent wish fulfilment inadmissible to ego-consciousness. In INTRODUCTION TO THE UNCONSCIOUS you will get a clear and simple 10-week program demonstrating how the unconscious transformed our understanding of trauma, metaphysics, dreams, sexuality, language, negativity, drives, immortality, society, truth and creation. Understanding these transformations is essential for practically grounding oneself in the modern world, and also for engaging abstractly in contemporary philosophy.


  • Modern knowledge is dominated by frameworks that give us an interpretation of “what is” or gives us an “ontology of being”. For example, physical theory introduces us to the mechanical laws of the material universe; evolutionary theory introduces us to the selection mechanisms that govern processes of change; social theory introduces us to the way in which our historical reality is organised by constructs of collective design. All of these knowledge frameworks are developed in order to understand what is accessible to our conscious perception of reality. Psychoanalysis here offers us something other than these knowledges: a window into the reality of “what is not” or what might be called a “deontology”. In other words, psychoanalysis offers us a knowledge of the un-conscious and invites us to explore the ways in which this reality governs our conscious perceptions. In this course you will be introduced to the theoretical foundations of the unconscious and the way in which this knowledge revolutionised our understanding of self-consciousness and the external world.


  • In this course you will be exposed step-by-step to the fundamental concepts that have been revolutionised by an understanding of the unconscious. This knowledge will be presented in animated videos that are inspired from the direct sources of the greatest thinkers of the unconscious. You will get each of these videos delivered to your email every week (for 10 weeks) with an overview of the meaning of the concept and a link to a portal with a personal activity for the week in order to help internalise the meaning of the concept for your self. Finally you will get access to a private Facebook group which includes members who have previously taken the course or are currently taking the course. In this group you can feel free to post your personal activity in order to get feedback from either my self or the other participants. After the 10 week program you will still have access to this private community of thinkers trying to better understand the meaning of the unconscious in their own life.


  • WEEK 0 - TRAUMA: discovery of unconscious contradictory ideas causing psychical neuroses

  • WEEK 1 - METAPHYSICS: nature of the unconscious as a virtual field without time, space, and identity

  • WEEK 2 - DREAMS: hypothesis of the unconscious as an indestructible and inadmissible wish fulfilment

  • WEEK 3- SEXUALITY: primordial polymorphous energy mediating enjoyment in developmental transitions

  • WEEK 4 - LANGUAGE: symbolic order governed by signification and emergent truth from absence

  • WEEK 5 - NEGATIVITY: absence or void that structures the positive experience of the world

  • WEEK 6 - SOCIETY: external transindividual symbolic order regulating intersubjective action

  • WEEK 7 - TRUTH: libidinal relation to/cultivation of subjective origin or singularity

  • WEEK 8 - DRIVES: persistent circular repetition on the level of psychical-symbolic reality

  • WEEK 9 - IMMORTALITY: drive to embody origin in a creative motion beyond egoic attachment

  • WEEK 10 - CREATION: subjective acts allowing for emergence of something new out of nothing (absence-void)


  • “One of the most powerful experiences I have had in linking high order philosophy with psychoanalysis. As a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, I cannot emphasize enough how this course has helped with my own self-understanding and consequently clinical thinking.” - Roshanak Vahdani

  • “As a student in philosophy, I gained a lot from engaging with this course. It must not be underestimated how valuable this kind of work can be, working with others in thinking and writing about pressing contemporary issues, tarrying with the negative within and without, and in improving one’s understanding of both personal and professional interests. I would never have gained as much as I did reading Freud and Lacan, had I not had the opportunity to learn and discuss with Last. Last provides quality material with care, and I have great faith in his project.” -Mika Leinonen

  • “It has been a precious and invaluable experience studying under Cadell Last. I have benefitted greatly a first-hand experience of his generous, personal, intellectual guidance. His course is organized, rigorous and packed full of relevant information, and his personal attention is beyond expectations. I have studied at numerous Universities at Post Graduate level and Cadell’s courses have provided me with the best readings and opportunities of learning more than any other that I have completed.” -Megan Lorrayne

  • "A rival to the best college courses and professors, Cadell's class will introduce the professional and the novice to a subtle, nuanced, and philosophically interested dive into the Freudian universe. His personal and passionate style has made accessible an entire intellectual realm that proves to have real implications for your intellectual, professional, and most personal development." - Jacob Weiss

  • “[This is] about as clear an introduction as you can get to the whole loaf of Freud, lovingly baked for our contemporary context. The material discussed continues to challenge and motivate me, and I haven't quite found an area of my life where it wasn't incredibly relevant!” - Addley Walker