Ethics and the Discovery of the Unconscious

Ethics and the Discovery of the Unconscious

by John Hanwell Riker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791434265

ISBN-13: 9780791434260

Pub. Date: 07/28/1997

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book shows why the discovery of the unconscious by Nietzsche and Freud requires a reconception of the concepts of moral agency and responsibility and even of morality itself. It explicates how contemporary psychology has taken over the traditional task of ethics in elucidating a theory of human well-being, but criticizes this psychology for being unable to…  See more details below

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This book shows why the discovery of the unconscious by Nietzsche and Freud requires a reconception of the concepts of moral agency and responsibility and even of morality itself. It explicates how contemporary psychology has taken over the traditional task of ethics in elucidating a theory of human well-being, but criticizes this psychology for being unable to generate adequate notions of either reponsibility or moral agency. Riker develops a new moral psychology in which the reality of unconscious functioning is included within a theory of responsibility, and the agent's primary ethic concern becomes knowing what her unconscious motivations are and integrating them into a morally and psychologically mature self.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791434260
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Series:
SUNY series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction: Ethics and Psychotherapy1
2The Birth of Ethics19
3The Discovery of the Social Unconscious41
4Freud and the Discovery of the Personal Unconscious61
5The Case Against Ethics91
6Psychological Health105
7Mature Needs and Emotions: A Reconstruction of the Id137
8The Mature Self: A Reconstruction of the Ego and Superego161
9Mature Agency and Social Responsibility189
10Living with the Unconscious215
Notes231
Index249

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