The Psychoanalytic Movement: The Cunning of Unreason / Edition 3

The Psychoanalytic Movement: The Cunning of Unreason / Edition 3

by Ernest Gellner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631234136

ISBN-13: 9780631234135

Pub. Date: 01/15/2003

Publisher: Wiley

How did the language of psychoanalysis become the dominant idiom in which the middle classes of the industrialized West speak about their emotions? Ernest Gellner offers a forceful and complex answer to this intriguing question in The Psychoanalytic Movement. This landmark study argues that although psychoanalysis offers an incisive picture of human nature,

Overview

How did the language of psychoanalysis become the dominant idiom in which the middle classes of the industrialized West speak about their emotions? Ernest Gellner offers a forceful and complex answer to this intriguing question in The Psychoanalytic Movement. This landmark study argues that although psychoanalysis offers an incisive picture of human nature, it provides untestable operational definitions and makes unsubstantiated claims concerning its therapeutic efficacy. In a new foreword José Brunner expands on the central argument of The Psychoanalytic Movement. Placing Gellner's work in the context of contemporary hostile critiques of Freud, Brunner argues that these two blatantly different thinkers might also be seen as kindred spirits.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631234135
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/15/2003
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction to Second Edition.

1. Back to Nature.

Gibbon's Problem.

Some Basic Facts and Questions.

The Last Angel.

The Harbinger of the Pays Reel.

The Battering-Ram.

2. The Plague.

Give Us This Day.

Original Sin.

Pastoral Care.

The Click.

The Wager.

3. The Pirandello Effect.

Free-Fall.

Inside and Out.

Transference (Greater Love Has No Man).

Conceptual Deprivation.

The Terminal Valve.

The Implicit Promise.

4. On the Rack.

Licensed to Cure.

A State of Grace.

A Realist Theory of Knowledge.

Hire-Purchase Stoicism.

From Adjustment to Identity.

The Errors of Realism.

5. The Cunning Broker.

The Concept of the Unconscious.

Psycho-Hydraulics.

A Cunning Bastard.

Reduction at the Service of Man (or, a Plethora of Omens).

6. Reality Regained.

An Emaciated World.

The Servicing of Reality.

A Habitable World.

The Bourgeois Dionysic.

7. The Embourgoisement of the Psyche.

The New Guardians.

Plato Up-ended.

Transvaluation of Values, to Customer Specification.

Socrates and the Cave.

8. Anatomy of a Faith.

The Erring Husband and the Principle of Recursive Cunning.

Brief Checklist and a Much Worse Murder.

Data and Theory.

Some Outside Comments.

The Trickster.

Freud and the Art of Daemon Maintenance.

Eternal Corrigibility.

9. The Bounds of Science.

Testability.

Testability Vindicated?.

The Natural Transcendent.

Switches.

The Three-Horse Race.

Beast, Shaft and Test.

10. La Therapie Imaginaire.

Float and Sail.

Truth and Ideology.

The Well.

The Pineal Gland.

Captain of His Soul.

Conclusion.

Appendix.

Notes.

Select Bibliography.

Index.

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