In the first comprehensive work to articulate a psychoanalytic metaphysics based on process thought, the author uses dialectical logic to show how the nature and structure of mental life is constituted. Arguing that ego development is produced not only by consciousness but also evolves from unconscious genesis, he makes the controversial claim that an unconscious semiotics serves as the template for language and all meaning structures. A thought-provoking account of idealism, Origins confronts the limitations of materialism and empiricism while salvaging the roles of agency and freedom that have been neglected by the biological sciences.
Jon Mills is a philosopher, psychologist, psychoanalyst, and author of numerous books, including The Unconscious Abyss: Hegel's Anticipation of Psychoanalysis.
Figures; Acknowledgments; About the Texts Introduction: Rethinking Mind in the Age of the Brain; Axioms; Prolegomena to a System 1 Spacings of the Abyss; 2 Deciphering the "Genesis Problem": On the Origins of Psychic Reality; 3 Mind as Projective Identification; 4 Unconscious Semiotics; 5 Ego and the Abyss Notes; Bibliography; Subject Index; Author Index