The Psychoanalytic Movement: The Cunning of Unreason / Edition 1

The Psychoanalytic Movement: The Cunning of Unreason / Edition 1

by Ernest Gellner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0810113708

ISBN-13: 9780810113701

Pub. Date: 08/12/1996

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

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…  See more details below

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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 Jose 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:
9780810113701
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
08/12/1996
Series:
Rethinking Theory Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
241
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction to the Second Edition
1Back to Nature1
2The Plague27
3The Pirandello Effect39
4On the Rack65
5The Cunning Broker85
6Reality Regained108
7The Embourgolsement of the Psyche120
8Anatomy of a Falth130
9The Bounds of Science156
10La Therapie Imaginaire177
Appendix194
Notes196
Select Bibliography205
Index207

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