André Green attempts the complex task of identifying and examining the key ideas for a contemporary psychoanalytic practice.
This undertaking is motivated both by the need for an outline of the evolution of psychoanalysis since Freud's death, and by the hope of tackling the fragmentation which has led to the current 'crisis of psychoanalysis'.
In three sections covering the theoretical and practical aspects of psychoanalysis, and analysing the current state of the field, André Green provides a stimulating overview of the principal concepts that have guided his work. Subjects covered include:
- Transference and countertransference
- Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: modalities and results
- Language-speech-discourse in psychoanalysis
- Recognition of the unconscious
This unique contemporary perspective on the psychoanalytic enterprise will fascinate all those with an interest in the problems that face the field and the opportunities for its future development.
Table of Contents
Prolegomena. Presentation. A Brief Subjective History of Psychoanalysis Since World War II. Part I: Practice. The Work of Psychoanalysis. Therapeutic Indications. Setting - Process - Transference. Transference and Counter-transference. Clinical Work: The Organising Axes of Pathology. Psychoanalysis (es) and Psychotherapy (ies): Modalities and Results. Part II: Theory. Freud's Epistemological Breaks. Opening the Way for a Renewal of the Theory: Subject Line and Object Line. Analysis of the Material and its Components. Space (s) and Time. Configurations of Thirdness. Language - Speech - Discourse in Psychoanalysis. The Work of the Negative. Recognition of the Unconscious. Addendum: Situating Psychoanalysis at the Dawn of the Third Millenium. Philosophical References. Scientific Knowledge. Provisional Conclusions.
"These two books, [reviewed both Key Ideas for a Contemporary Psychoanalysis & Psychoanalysis, Green 2005] based upon almost fifty years of psychoanalytic practice and thought, deserve careful study, debate, and integration into our ongoing psychoanalytic discourse. They contain a wealth of ideas derived from the author’s unique synthesis of clinical work and his close and compelling study of Freud. They are, for this reader, a powerful summation of Green’s particular distillation and vision of psychoanalysis, reminding us of what psychoanalysis has been able to achieve, the point at which it has arrived, and what remains to be addressed. Taken together, Key Ideas for a Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Misrecognition and Recognition of the Unconscious and Psychoanalysis: A Paradigm for Clinical Thinking constitute the legacy and achievement of a consummate thinker." - Howard B. Levine, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Vol. LXXVIII, No. 1