Rereading Freud: Psychoanalysis Through Philosophy

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Continental philosophers examine Freuds metapsychology.

Rereading Freud assembles eminent philosophical scholars and clinical practitioners from continental, pragmatic, feminist, and psychoanalytic paradigms to examine Freuds metapsychology. Fundamentally distorted and misinterpreted by generations of English speaking commentators, Freuds theories are frequently misunderstood within psychoanalysis today. This book celebrates and philosophically critiques Freuds most important contribution to understanding humanity: that psychic reality is governed by the unconscious mind. The contributors focus on several of Freuds most influential theories, including the nature and structure of dreams; infantile sexuality; drive and defense; ego development; symptom formation; feminine psychology; the therapeutic process; death; and the question of race. In so doing, they shed light on the ontological commitments Freud introduces in his metapsychology and the implications generated for engaging theoretical, clinical, and applied modes of philosophical inquiry.

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