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Analytic Freud Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

Edited By Michael Levine Copyright 2000
    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    336 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This is a timely and stimulating collection of essays on the importance of Freudian thought for analytic philosophy, investigating its impact on mind, ethics, sexuality, religion and epistemology.
    Marking a clear departure from the long-standing debate over whether Freudian thought is scientific or not, The Analytic Freud expands the framework of philosophical inquiry, demonstrating how fertile and mutually enriching the relationship between philosophy and psychoanalysis can be.
    The essays are divided into four clear sections, addressing the implications of Freud for philosophy of mind, ethics, sexuality and civilisation. The authors discuss the problems psychoanalysis poses for contemporary philosophy as well as what philosophy can learn from Freud's legacy and undeniable influence. For instance, The Analytic Freud discusses the problems presented by pyschoanalytic theories of the mind for the philosophy of language; the issues which current theories of mind and meaning raise for psychoanalytic accounts of emotion, metaphor, the will and self-deception; the question whether psychoanalytic theory is essential in understanding sexuality, love, humour and the tensions which arise out of personal relationships.
    The Analytic Freud is a critical and thorough examination of Freudian and post-Freudian theory, adding a welcome and significant dimension to the debate between psychoanalysis and contemporary philosophy.

    Contributors, Acknowledgements, Introduction: how right does psychoanalysis have to be?, PART I: Mind, 1. Psychoanalysis, metaphor and the concept of mind, 2. How far down does the will go?, 3. Freudian wish-fulfilment and sub-intentional explanation, 4. Keeping time: Freud on the temporality of mind, 5. Subject, object, world: some reflections on the Kleinian origins of the mind, 6. Freud’s Theory of Consciousness, PART II: Ethics, 7. Aristotelian akrasia, weakness of will and psychoanalytic regression, 8. Emotional agents, 9. Moral authenticity and the unconscious, PART III: Sexuality, 10. Freud on unconscious affects, mourning and the erotic mind, 11. Love and loss in Freud’s Mourning and Melancholia: a rereading, 12. Lucky in love: love and emotion, PART IV: Civilization, 13. Sublimation, love and creativity, 14. Freud and the rule of law: from Totem and Taboo to psychoanalytic jurisprudence, 15. The joke, the ‘as if’ and the statement, Author Index, Subject Index


    Levine, Michael