In A Question of Time, Joel Pearl offers a new reading of the foundations of psychoanalytic thought, indicating the presence of an essential lacuna that has been integral to psychoanalysis since its inception. Pearl returns to the moment in which psychoanalysis was born, demonstrating how Freud had overlooked one of the most principal issues pertinent to his method: the question of time. The book shows that it is no coincidence that Freud had never methodically and thoroughly discussed time and that the metaphysical assumption of linear time lies at the very heart of Freudian psychoanalysis. Pearl's critical reading of Freud develops through an original dialogue that he creates with the philosophy of Martin Heidegger and, specifically, with the German philosopher's notion of temporality. Pearl traces the encounter between Freud and Heidegger by observing the common inspiration shaping their thinking: philosopher Franz Brentano, who taught both Freud and Edmund Husserl, Heidegger's mentor. The book travels down an alternate path, one overlooked by Freudian thought - a path leading from Brentano, through Husserl and onto Heidegger's notion of time, which is founded on the ecstatic' interrelation of past, present and future.
Dr. Joel Pearl specializes in phenomenology and psychoanalysis on which he has published several articles. He teaches philosophy at the Academic College of Communication, Rishon LeZion, Israel. In addition, Pearl is a dynamic psychotherapist and a member of The Tel-Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.
Acknowledgments Introduction Psychoanalysis at a Crossroads The Question of Time: Between Freud and Heidegger The Structure of this Book and the Presentation of Freud and Heidegger Heidegger and the Status of Time Introduction The Subject and Time: From the Cogito to Dasein "Being in the World": The Two-fold Structure of Everyday Life Being-There in Time Freud: A Temporal Lacuna Introduction The Role of Time in the Psychic Mechanism: Freud's "Project" and its origins in Brentano Freud's Concealment of Temporality: Ida Bauer ("Dora") as a Case Study From Neurosis to the Structure of the Mind: The Question of Time in Freud's writings, 1905-1937 Psycho-Ontology Introduction An Ontological Reading of Narcissism Back to Ida: Psychoanalytic Concepts as Manifesting Temporal Relations Epilogue Bibliography Index