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Overview

The mind as it is manifested in philosophy and art, in the moral life and psychoanalysis, has always been at the core of Richard Wollheim's celebrated work. This book brings together Wollheim's broad and abiding concerns to illuminate human thought at its furthest reaches of introspection and expression. Interweaving philosophy, psychoanalysis, and aesthetics, these essays reveal the critical connections between ideas and disciplines too often regarded as separate and distinct.
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Editorial Reviews

London Review of Books

Wonderful essays… We encounter not just a system of highly original thought, but a highly original mind and a highly original man.
— Arthur C. Danto

Spectator

I urge anyone who is interested in furthering his or her understanding of the arts and philosophy to read and ponder what Wollheim has to say… A stimulating collection of essays.
— Anthony Storr

Guardian

There must be many casual readers of Freud who have been enriched, over the years, by Wollheim's writings… This lively collection brings together all of his best preoccupations—pictures and pictorial form; the philosophical implications of psychoanalysis and ethics.
— Neil Paraday

London Review of Books - Arthur C. Danto
Wonderful essays… We encounter not just a system of highly original thought, but a highly original mind and a highly original man.
Spectator - Anthony Storr
I urge anyone who is interested in furthering his or her understanding of the arts and philosophy to read and ponder what Wollheim has to say… A stimulating collection of essays.
Guardian - Neil Paraday
There must be many casual readers of Freud who have been enriched, over the years, by Wollheim's writings… This lively collection brings together all of his best preoccupations—pictures and pictorial form; the philosophical implications of psychoanalysis and ethics.
Library Journal
The author of Philosophical Essays on Freud ( LJ 1/15/83) and a philosopher of art, Wollheim here includes characteristically subtle essays on representation and style. But his philosophical interests, unified by a dominant theme, extend far beyond aesthetics. Wollheim is a staunch adherent of psychoanalysis, especially as developed by Melanie Klein--a viewpoint he applies to the explanation of ritual and to the study of the criminal mind. More generally, he suggests that in moral psychology lies the key to an adequate ethics. In one essay, he traces parallels between Klein's theories and F.H. Bradley's idealist moral philosophy; another piece uses psychology to illuminate the utilitarianism of John Stuart Mill. Other essays discuss particular doctrines of psychoanalysis, such as the ``bodily ego.'' In a spirited polemic, Wollheim defends Freud against the influential criticism of Adolf Grunbaum. Informed readers will profit from the author's insight and decidedly nonmainstream approach.-- David Gordon, Bowling Green State Univ., Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674576124
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Wollheim was Mills Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, and Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at the University of California, Davis.
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Table of Contents

  • 1. The Sheep and the Ceremony
  • 2. The Ends of Life and the Preliminaries of Morality: John Stuart Mill and Isaiah Berlin
  • 3. The Good Self and the Bad Self: The Moral Psychology of British Idealism and the English School of Psychoanalysis Compared
  • 4. The Bodily Ego
  • 5. Psychology, Materialism, and the Special Case of Sexuality
  • 6. Desire, Belief, and Professor Grünbaum’s Freud
  • 7. Crime, Punishment, and “Pale Criminality”
  • 8. Art, Interpretation, and Perception
  • 9. Correspondence, Projective Properties, and Expression in the Arts
  • 10. Representation: The Philosophical Contribution to Psychology
  • 11. Pictorial Style: Two Views
  • 12. Pictures and Language
  • Notes
  • Credits
  • Name Index
  • Subject Index

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