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2014 Program

Event #11

Massimo Recalcati

Can One Forgive in Love?

Although eternal love does not exist, every love would like to be just that. What happens when love is overcome by the traumatic experience of betrayal and abandonment? What happens when one of the two partners lives another affective experience in secret and deceitfully? What happens, then, if the person who betrays asks for forgiveness and, after saying that things had changed, wants everything to be as it was before? Should we make fun of lovers in their efforts to make love last? Or can we come to terms with the experience of betrayal, with the offense suffered, with the pain inflicted by he or she who has always been our reason for living? The task of forgiveness is close to that of bereavement yet differs from it because it saves the lost object. Is this work possible? Can we forgive the unforgivable? Can one forgive in love?


Massimo Recalcati

Massimo Recalcati, one of the most famous psychoanalysts in Italy, is analyst member of the Italian Lacanian Association of Psychoanalysis and director of IRPA (Research Institute of Applied Psychoanalysis). He teaches at the Universities of Pavia and Verona. His numerous publications are translated into several languages. He has published, among others, L'uomo senza inconscio (2010), Non è più come prima (2014), Cosa resta del padre? (2017), Contro il sacrificio (2017) and Ritratti del desiderio (2018), published by Cortina. Il mistero delle cose (2016), Tutti i tabù del mondo (2017), La notte del Getsemani (2019), published by Einaudi. Il complesso di Telemaco (2013), Le mani della madre (2015), Il segreto del figlio (2017), A libro aperto (2018), Mantieni il bacio (2019), published by Feltrinelli.

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Can One Forgive in Love?

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Beppe Severgnini

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Elena Riva

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