Forms Of Knowledgeby Ph.D. Anna Aragno, Anna Aragno Ph. D.
Anna Aragno takes aim at the big questions in psychoanalysis. In her own words, she provides a "way of mapping out the formulation and exposition of a semantic of significant forms with meaning neither tied to nor one with language" Thus she accounts for the many avenues enabling comprehension that have evaded prior description. -Theodor Shapiro MD., Sept. 2004
Anna Aragno takes aim at the big questions in psychoanalysis. In her own words, she provides a "way of mapping out the formulation and exposition of a semantic of significant forms with meaning neither tied to nor one with language" Thus she accounts for the many avenues enabling comprehension that have evaded prior description. -Theodor Shapiro MD., Sept. 2004 This is the first comprehensive work emerging from psychoanalysis that correlates with a contemporary "information" paradigm or "inter-penetrative" world view. As such, it examines interrelationships between forms of communication and the development of "mind" and conscious awareness, claiming that these phenomena have always been processes integral to psychoanalytic methodology. Psychoanalytic discourse situations become research venues for a metatheoretical study of communication that takes a bio-semiotic approach to examining emergent forms of pre-semiotic and linguistic interactions while presenting a six-stage developmental model of unconscious and conscious modes of communication. The now vastly expanded interpretive purview of the psychoanalytic semantic thereby becomes an empirical window into the evolution, development, and transformative integration of the human psyche as it is molded through a specialized dialogue. By focusing on the forms of interaction themselves, rather than the interlocutors, the study lifts the locus of observation out of both relational and classical positions and into a developmental/evolutionary framework, providing overarching principles for theory and practice in a unified psychoanalytic metapsychology.
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The journey through this very demanding text is worth the effort even -- and perhaps particularly-- for the non-specialist in psychoanalysis like myself. Although a semiotician might miss the names of the pioneers of the symbolic functin of language, such as Roman Jakobson and Yurii Lotman, Aragno offers a kaleidoscope where glimpdses into the human psyche fall into place in ever diiferring combinations/contexts. Oarticularly useful to this reader is the chapter on "Verbal Forme" (pp.210,ff.)where she elaborates on Vygotsky's distinction between "meaning" (znachenye) and "sense" (smysl). The book is relevant to a variety of investigations and as a personal enrichment in its own right. Christine de Lailhacar, PH.D.