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From the PublisherThe book reveals evidence of unconscious rational processes. It does so by detailing the role of the superego in the formation of dreams, empathic moral reasoning, and creativity. In buttressing his case, Merkur offers detailed analyses of Freud's metapsychology and case histories as well as scholarly engagement with those in the tradition of ego-psychology and object-relations theory. The author's argument will be contested but will also give rise to new discussions about the role and nature of the superego in psychoanalytic metapsychology. This is a true advance.— William Parsons, author of The Enigma of the Oceanic Feeling: Revisioning the Psychoanalytic Theory of Mysticism
"For anyone interested in psychoanalytic theory, ethics, or the dynamics of human conscience, this book is invaluable. It includes a wonderful bibliography, discusses the literature in considerable depth, and offers its own new thesis."— Jeffrey J. Kripal, coeditor of Vishnu on Freud's Desk: A Reader in Psychoanalysis and Hinduism"