In this book, John Hanwell Riker develops and expands the conceptual framework of self psychology in order to offer contemporary readers a naturalistic ground for adopting an ethical way of being in the world. Riker stresses the need to find a balance between mature narcissism and ethics, to address and understand differences among people, and to reconceive social justice as based on the development of individual self. This book is recommend for readers interested in psychology and philosophy, and for those who wonder what it means to be human in the modern age.
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About the Author
John Hanwell Riker is professor of philosophy at Colorado College.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: Psychoanalysis, Self Psychology, and the Humanistic Tradition
Chapter 1: Knowledge in Psychoanalysis: Can There Be a Science of Subjectivity?
Chapter 2: The Life of the Soul
Chapter 3: Subjectivity, the Ego, and the Self
Chapter 4: The Erotic Self: Freud, Kohut, and Plato
Chapter 5: Ancient Theology and Contemporary Self Psychology: Monotheism, Mono-Selfism, and the Transgressions of Omnipotence
Chapter 6: Emerson and Kohut: the Self in Relation to Nature
Chapter 7: Self Psychology, Ethics, and Modern Society
Chapter 8: Self Psychology and the Problem of the Other
Chapter 9: What Do Humans Need to Be Human: Economic Society, Self Psychology and the Problem of Social Justice
Chapter 10: Self Psychology and Historical Explanation: The Death of God and the Birth of ImpressionismForms and Transformations of Narcissism in the Nineteenth Century