Irrationality and the Philosophy of Psychoanalysis
By: Sebastian Gardner (author)Paperback
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In a reconstruction of the theories of Freud and Klein, Sebastian Gardner asks: what causes irrationality, what must the mind be like for it to be irrational, to what extent does irrationality involve self-awareness, and what is the point of irrationality? Arguing that psychoanalytic theory provides the most penetrating answers to these questions, he rejects the widespread view of the unconscious as a 'second mind', in favour of a view of it as a source of inherently irrational desires seeking expression through wish-fulfilment and phantasy. He meets scepticism about psychoanalytic explanation by exhibiting its continuity with everyday psychology.
Acknowledgements; Note on the text; Introduction; Part I: Dividing Persons: 1. Ordinary irrationality; 2. Persons in parts; 3. Persons and sub-systems; Part II: Psychoanalytic Concepts: 4. Unconscious motives and Freudian concepts; 5. Wish; 6. Phantasy and Kleinian explanation; Part III: Psychoanalytic Conception of Mind: 7. Metapsychology and psychoanalytic personality; 8. Consciousness, theory and epistemology; Appendices; Notes; Works of Freud cited; Bibliography; Index.
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