I have a special interest in the interface between religion, philosophy, the arts, and psychotherapy. I am dedicated to promoting and protecting a serious pluralistic and deconstructionist position and dialogue within the politics of psychotherapy. I believe the structure and conventions of all human organisations, and institutions, are profoundly secondary to individual personal and relational processes, - there being no inherent step from any supposed 'natural order' to human institutions, - but that, within their necessarily imperfect limits, and as a necessary evil, they should be regulated by constitutional and libertarian principles of organisation, ethics, and politics. I try to bring jest and humour to serious matters without dismissing their seriousness. I like people, by and large, and some of them I love, and I love also the natural world, particularly butterflies, the sea and moors and mountains, - as well as music and soccer.

Selection of Papers

Jane Austen and The Shakespeare Authorship Question

YouTube talks and associated paper

Jane Austen's enigmatic gossamer cobweb of allusions to the Shakespeare Authorship Problem in her novel Emma, which nevertheless I believe gives us enough circumstantial evidence to be reasonably certain she did indeed identify all this - under the radar and with plausible deniability - is now, as far as I have ascertained, comprised in four 'complexes' or rafts of allusion:

  1.  References to the I am Ipse - Touchstone - passages of As You Like It in Emma's Epiphany (Ch. 47): First Talk April 2021 Jane Austen and Shakespeare - Mystery Woman Mystery Problem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8-Td00muOY

  2. References to 'Vere' and related allusions to Stanza 91 (the Melville Stanza in Billy Budd) of Andrew Marvell's poem to Lord Thomas Fairfax and his daughter Mary, 'Upon Appleton House', (in Chapters 18 and 19 and 20): Second Talk July 2021 Mystery Woman Mystery Problem       
  3. References to the First Folio and Canto 1 of Spenser's Faerie Queene (crucial in the search for Edward de Vere as Senior Poet in 1589) in Ch. 42 'Mr Knightley's Detective Work', also in the Second Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Libc0PnXXI&t=2529s
  4. Now we have two talks February 2022 which together discuss the significance of the Anonymisation of the Author of Shakespeare through the fate, progress and relevance of Jane Austen's character Harriet Smith, through whom the allusions to 'Oxford', as erased and anonymised author, are transmitted. It also outlines the role of Samuel Johnson in establishing the orthodox narrative as mainly unassailable.

         Talk no 3 https://youtu.be/EtC0LW7g6qo

         Talk no 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK3JH4SUBLo

The Paper

Jane Austen, her worlds within worlds, and Shakespearean Authorship – March 2022.pdf


Previous Writings:

  • Freud, Hegel, and Dialectics

    • Freud, Hegel, and Dialectics .pdf

      • Sigmund Freud: Die Verneinung .pdf

      • Freud on Negation .pdf

      • Hyppolite on Freud's Negation .pdf

  • Jane Austen – Background re Shakespeare Authorship Question: Talk to DVS April 2021 .pdf

  • SOF Conference Hartford 2019 Programme and Abstracts .pdf

  • Why Oxfordians Should be Postmodernists .pdf

  • Poetic Evidence: First (Rejected) Version of Methodological Commentary .pdf

  • Playing with the Play within the Play in Hamlet .docx .pdf

  • Background Reading from John Dover Wilson for the De Vere Society Meeting 29 September Talk - "Playing with the Play within the Play in Hamlet" .pdf

  • Isaac Asimov and Lewis Carroll – Exploring Some Cross-Connected Rabbit Holes .docx .pdf
  • Alice Lombardo Maher’s Concept of the Transformational Reversal of Conflict Situations: Some Illustrations and Comparisons .pdf
  • Enactment Theory in Leavis, Wittgenstein, and Derrida, Leavis Society Conference Talk at Downing College Cambridge 19-09-2017, Text, Text Extracts, Video of Talk
  • Detective Inspector Hamlet .mp3 .pptx .pptx version two
  • Lawrence, the Mind of Europe, and the English Canon .pdf  .docx
  • 'Hamlet' and Historical Consciousness: Towards an Oxfordian Criticism .pdf
  • Hamlets 'As 'twere' and Literary Criticism - recording of Ashland talk .mp3
  • Hamlet As Twere - Ashland ppt .pptx
  • Messiah and Apostle .pdf
  • Does McLuhan Destroy Leavis .pdf .mp3
  • Ulysses Still Journeying .pdf
  • Brief Chronicles Paper on King Lear - Cordelia and Edgar  .pdf
  • Notes on Robert Pirsig, Lila and Historicity .pdf
  • Why Psychotherapy does not Conceptualise Trans-Modality  .docx
  • Why Psychotherapy does not Conceptualise Trans-Modality .pdf
  • Projective Identification .pdf
  • Dissociation of Sensibility and Amnesia for the Shakespeare Authorship .pdf .docx
  • A Little Lawrence is a Dangerous Thing - Leavis on Lawrence on Shakespeare .pdf .docx
  • Historic Deceptive Displacements and Shakespeare Authorship Question - Madison Talk 2014 .pdf .docx
  • Comments on UKCP Shape Review Document HW II .pdf
  • Methodological Commentary on 'The Muse as Therapist: A New Poetic Paradigm for Psychotherapy' With special reference to Enactment Theory - Final Submission for Metanoia Institute/University of Middlesex Doctorate in Psychotherapy by Professional Studies .pdf
  • 'Psychotherapy Come Of Age: Towards a Serious (mature/integral) Philosophy of Psychotherapy Practice' .doc
  1. Chapter 1) 'Phenomenological Causality', (International Journal of Psychotherapy, 1998) .pdf
  2. Chapter 2) Jaynes and the origins of consciousness (International Journal of Psychotherapy, March 1999)
  3. Chapter 3) Kant’s lineage and Buddhism
  4. Chapter 4) Integration from a Gestalt perspective or Gestalt from an Integrative perspective?

Various Writings 1999-2003

  • 'The Significance of Julian Jaynes and Schizophrenia', 1999 .doc.pdf
  • 'Pluralism as Scientific Method in Psychotherapy'. International Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol 4, Issue 3, November 1999, pp. 313-328
  • 'An inspired resurrection of Freudian drive theory: but does Nick Totton's Reichian 'bodymind' concept supersede Cartesian dualism?' Review article on Nick Totton' s The Water in the Glass: body and mind in psychoanalysis, 2000 .pdf
  • 'Retrieving a posthumous text-message; Nietzsche's fall: the significance of the disputed asylum writing, 'My Sister and I' ', 2002 .pdf
  • 'The autonomy of psychotherapy - Why psychotherapy can be subordinate neither to psychology nor psychiatry', 2003 .pdf

Review Articles 2003

  • 'Impossible meeting: too strange to each other for misunderstanding', Review Article on Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg's The Intimate Edge .pdf
  • 'Psychoanalysis as finite, psychoanalysis as infinite? Psychoanalysis' religious potential': Review Article on 'Who is the Dreamer who Dreams the Dream?', by James S. Grotstein .pdf
  • 'The Shadow of Freud: Is Daniel Stern still a psychoanalyst? The creative tension between the present and the past in psychoanalytic and existential psychotherapies, in Daniel Stern's The Present Moment, and his humanistic- existential partners in dialogue', Review Article on Daniel Stern's 'The Present Moment: In Psychotherapy and Everyday Life' and 'Creative License: the art of Gestalt Therapy', M. SpanioloLobb, and N. Amendt-Lyon, Eds .pdf
  • Three Editorials per year and Book Reviews Book Reviews and short papers in Self and Society, and The Psychotherapist

Further Papers and Editorials

  • Conjoint review of: 'Relationality', by Stephen Mitchell; 'Beyond Empathy', by Richard Erskine, Janet MoursundRebecca Trautmann; 'The Evil We Do', by Carl Goldberg, IJP,Vol. 6, No. 1, 2001 p.8 .pdf
  • Editorial: To know or not to know: science, beliefs and values in psychotherapy IJP, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2000 .pdf
  • Editorial: Endings, partings and new beginnings (including Obituary of Carl Goldberg) IJP, Vol. 8, No. 3, November 2003, pp. 169–174 .pdf
  • Comment upon ‘“Poor girl”: a case of active psychosis’: how therapeutic schemas may limit our work. Eur. J. of Psychotherapy,Counselling & Health Vol 4 No. 2 August 2001 pp.209–214 .pdf
  • Editorial: the power and danger of pluralism in psychotherapy, IJP, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2002 .pdf
  • Editorial: Developments in the International Journal of Psychotherapy, IJP, Vol. 8, No. 1, March 2003,pp. 5–7 .pdf
  • Editorial: Explaining Psychotherapy and Psychotherapeutic Explanation, IJP, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2002 .pdf
  • Editorial: Pluralism and the basis of freewill in psychotherapy IJP, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2002 .pdf
  • Editorial: Psychotherapy and its cultural base IJP, Vol. 8, No. 2, July, 2003, pp. 81-83 .pdf
  • Pluralism as Scientific Method in Psychotherapy International Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1999 .pdf
  • Editorial: doctrinal change in psychotherapy, IJP, Vol. 4, No.3, 1999 .pdf
  • Editorial: method in our madness, or madness in our method? The many faces of psychotherapy, IJP, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2000 .pdf
  • Editorial: Psychotherapy, fascism and constitutional history, IJP, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1999 .pdf

Work in Progress

  • Revised Learning Agreement 2008 .doc
  • The Therapist as Muse: The Muse as Therapist .doc
  • The Therapist as Muse .doc
  • Bookshops in the Borgesian Realm .doc
  • Poetry and Belief .doc
  • Story and Process: How I became who I am, with the vision that I live, practice, and wish to present Submission for Metanoia Doctorate in Psychotherapy .doc
  • Phenomenalogical Causality for Re-evaluation .doc
  • Phenomenalogical Causality for Re-evaluation draft 2 .doc
  • Phenomenalogical Causality for Re-evaluation draft 3 .doc
  • A Terrible Beauty is Born RAL 4 and RAL 5 .pdf
  • Episodes and Scenes .doc.pdf
  • Shakespeare Paper .doc
  • Balls, Bails, and the Buddha .doc