Rereading Freud: Psychoanalysis through Philosophy by Jon Mills

By Jon Mills

Continental philosophers study Freud's metapsychology.

Rereading Freud assembles eminent philosophical students and medical practitioners from continental, pragmatic, feminist, and psychoanalytic paradigms to envision Freud's metapsychology. essentially distorted and misinterpreted by means of generations of English talking commentators, Freud's theories are often misunderstood inside psychoanalysis this day. This publication celebrates and philosophically evaluations Freud's most vital contribution to figuring out humanity: that psychic fact is ruled by means of the subconscious brain. The individuals specialize in a number of of Freud's so much influential theories, together with the character and constitution of goals; childish sexuality; force and safeguard; ego improvement; symptom formation; female psychology; the healing procedure; dying; and the query of race. In so doing, they make clear the ontological commitments Freud introduces in his metapsychology and the consequences generated for enticing theoretical, medical, and utilized modes of philosophical inquiry.

“Mills is particularly a lot alive in modern psychoanalysis … his rereading of Freud and difficulty concerning fake dichotomies and Freud’s place in modern perform merits to be taken heavily by way of any practitioner drawn to Freud’s venture and the modern scene.” — Psychologist-Psychoanalyst

"This well timed e-book makes a profoundly major contribution to analyze about the philosophical implications of Freud's notion. the wealthy array of views by way of prime students will reinvigorate highbrow discourse in Freud reviews for future years. this can be a unprecedented venture that's lengthy overdue." — David Pettigrew, cotranslator of The e-book of affection and soreness: considering on the restrict with Freud and Lacan

Contributors comprise Jon generators, Tom Rockmore, Stephen David Ross, John Russon, John Sallis, Shannon Sullivan, Maria Talero, Wilfried Ver Eecke, Bruce Wilshire, and Emily Zakin.

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What is hidden is not uncovered, since it is already there in full view, but only deciphered to recover hidden meaning. The latent content is not a mindindependent real, but triply constructed in a complex process containing different stages: first, through the interaction between the patient and that person’s surroundings; second, through the interaction between the patient and the analyst; and, third, through the self-relation of the patient, that is, the patient’s relation to himself mediating his developmental history, and so on.

In considering Freud’s position, I will be concerned with his early texts, not as it later developed in response to the important debate between Freud’s defenders and detractors. 20 The central insight is, of course, that there is psychic censorship, which leads to repression as a result of which material appears only in disguised form. 23 The theory of dreams originally belonged to a bipartite division into conscious and unconscious that, after the First World War, was replaced by the familiar trichotomy.

This view of science can be applied to the interpretation of dreams. One could object that Freud’s description of how this is to be done is unacceptable from a cognitive angle of vision since there is simply no way to verify the analytic interpretive claims by matching them against the reality of the situation as there is in science. Analytic philosophers of science often object that psychoanalysis has no acceptable way of justifying its claims to know, hence no notion of cognitive objectivity.

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