Rereading Freud: Psychoanalysis through Philosophy

Rereading Freud: Psychoanalysis through Philosophy

by Jon Mills (Editor)


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Rereading Freud: Psychoanalysis through Philosophy by Jon Mills

Rereading Freud assembles eminent philosophical scholars and clinical practitioners from continental, pragmatic, feminist, and psychoanalytic paradigms to examine Freud’s metapsychology. Fundamentally distorted and misinterpreted by generations of English speaking commentators, Freud’s theories are frequently misunderstood within psychoanalysis today. This book celebrates and philosophically critiques Freud’s most important contribution to understanding humanity: that psychic reality is governed by the unconscious mind. The contributors focus on several of Freud’s most influential theories, including the nature and structure of dreams; infantile sexuality; drive and defense; ego development; symptom formation; feminine psychology; the therapeutic process; death; and the question of race. In so doing, they shed light on the ontological commitments Freud introduces in his metapsychology and the implications generated for engaging theoretical, clinical, and applied modes of philosophical inquiry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791460481
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 01/02/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jon Mills is a psychologist, philosopher, and psychoanalyst in private practice; President of the Section on Psychoanalysis, Canadian Psychological Association; and Senior Faculty at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Toronto. He is the author of The Unconscious Abyss: Hegel’s Anticipation of Psychoanalysis and the editor of Psychoanalysis at the Limit: Epistemology, Mind, and the Question of Science, both published by SUNY Press.

Table of Contents



1. The Logic and Illogic of the Dream-Work
John Sallis

2. Freud's Dream Theory and Social Constructivism
Tom Rockmore

3. The Bodily Unconscious in Freud's "Three Essays"
John Russon

4. The Ego Does Not Resemble the Cadaver: Image and Self in Freud
Stephen David Ross

5. The 'Alchemy of Identification': Narcissism, Melancholia, Femininity
Emily Zakin

6. The Ontology of Denial
Wilfried Ver Eecke

7. The I and the It
Jon Mills

8. Temporality and the Therapeutic Subject: The Phenomenology of Transference, Remembering, and Working-Through
Maria Talero

9. Freud and Kierkegaard on Genocide and the Death Drive
Bruce Wilshire

10. The Unconscious Life of Race: Freudian Resources for Critical Race Theory
Shannon Sullivan

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