1st Edition

Psychoanalysis, History, and Radical Ethics Learning to Hear

By Donna Orange Copyright 2020
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    Psychoanalysis, History, and Radical Ethics: Learning to Hear explores the importance of listening, being able to speak, and those who are silenced, from a psychoanalytic perspective. In particular, it focuses on those voices silenced either collectively or individually by trauma, culture, discrimination and persecution, and even by the history of psychoanalysis. Drawing on lessons from philosophy and history as well as clinical vignettes, this book provides a comprehensive guide to understanding the role of trauma in creating silence, and the importance for psychoanalysts of learning to hear those silenced voices.

    Introduction: Learning to Hear

    Chapter 1: Silence in Phenomenology: Dream or Nightmare?

    Chapter 2: Violence, Dissociation, and Traumatizing Silence

    Chapter 3: This is not Psychoanalysis!

    Chapter 4: The Seduction of Mystical Monisms in the Humanistic Psychotherapies

    Chapter 5: Reading History as an Ethical and Therapeutic Project

    Chapter 6: Radical Ethics: Beyond Moderation

    Chapter 7: Ethical Hearing: Demand and Enigma


    Appendix: Open acknowledgement and apology by the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) concerning C.G. Jung’s attitudes to and writings on persons of African heritage.


    Donna M. Orange, Ph.D., Psy.D., is a psychoanalyst and philosopher living in California. She teaches at the NYU Postdoctoral Program and the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York. Recent books include Thinking for Clinicians (2010), The Suffering Stranger (2011), Nourishing the Inner Life of Clinicians and Humanitarians (2016) and Climate Crisis, Psychoanalysis, and Radical Ethics (2017)

    "In this extraordinary book, Donna Orange helps us hear with our hearts. She challenges us to attend to those silenced by oppression, prejudice, violence, poverty, and other cruelties. This book is essential reading for the neophyte as well as the seasoned clinician, striving to hear the suffering other, as well as the muted voices within ourselves."
    --Sandra Buechler is a training and supervising analyst at the William Alanson White Institute, New York, USA

    ""I listen therefore I am." With hearing impaired, one-sided, how does an "I" take its place in a world of others? Using her own life as such an experiment in nature, Donna Orange openly, poignantly, and brilliantly explores the development of individuality and intersubjectivity, the essence of what it means to be a person. A leader recognized around the world for using psychoanalysis to explore the central questions of philosophy, Orange now brings fresh emotional immediacy and depth of serious thinking to the subject. This is a work of substantial significance, at once a beautiful literary memoir and a contribution of substantial significance."
    --Warren S. Poland, M.D., has practiced clinical psychoanalysis for over 50 years and is the former editor of the JAPA Review of Books

    "In Learning To Hear, Orange continues her ethical quest. Entwining history, philosophy and psychoanalysis, she exhorts us towards a mission of ethical hearing. For Orange, ethical hearing is distinct from agentic 'listening' - it is a receptivity to the speech and silence that has been kept in the shadows. This book humanizes its subject, and is an important contribution to the social-ethical turn in psychoanalysis."
    --Sue Grand, Ph.D., has been practicing couples, family, and individual therapy for over 40 years

    "Grounded in philosophical depth, the book provides several ideas of how we can address our responsibilities in a concrete way. The book is likely to be helpful to all counsellors and psychotherapists, however experienced, who wish to take seriously the ways in which they are silencing their clients or supervisees. The ideas may help trainers to reflect more deeply on training content and on their responses to trainees."
    --Emily Taylor, Transformations Book Reviews