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Key Ideas for a Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Misrecognition and Recognition of the Unconscious, 1st Edition

By Andre Green


324 pages

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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.


"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

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.

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors.

Under the guidance of Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and 'middle group' analysts during the Second World War.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health