"Understanding Psychoanalysis" presents a broad introduction to the key concepts and developments in psychoanalysis and its impact on modern thought. Charting pivotal moments in the theorization and reception of psychoanalysis, the book provides a comprehensive account of the concerns and development of Freud's work, as well as his most prominent successors, Melanie Klein and Jacques Lacan.The work of these leading psychoanalytic theorists has greatly influenced thinking across other disciplines, notably feminism, film studies, poststructuralism, social and cultural theory, the philosophy of science and the emerging discipline of neuropsychoanalysis. Analysing this engagement with other disciplines and their key theorists, "Understanding Psychoanalysis" argues for a reconsideration of psychoanalysis as a resource for philosophy, science, and cultural studies.
Introduction: On Understanding Psychoanalysis Part I Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis 1. Where it was: Freud's biology of the mind 2. Sexuality and its vicissitudes 3. To slip, perchance to dream: Freud on the unconscious PART II Freud's children 4. Precarious love: Kleinian object relations theory 5. Jacques Lacan: Re-reading Freud to the letter 6. What does woman want? Feminism and psychoanalysis PART III Psychoanalysis and its discontented 7. Freud as philosopher? Civilization, art and religion 8. Where psychoanalysis has come to be: Philosophy, science, society and ethics.