The Psychoanalytic Movement: The Cunning of Unreason

The Psychoanalytic Movement: The Cunning of Unreason

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The Psychoanalytic Movement: The Cunning of Unreason

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780810113695
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 08/12/1996
Series: Rethinking Theory Series
Edition description: Northwestern University Press ed
Pages: 241
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Editionxxxiii
1Back to Nature1
Gibbon's Problem1
Some Basic Facts and Questions4
The Last Angel10
The Harbinger of the Pays Reel15
The Battering-Ram23
2The Plague27
Give Us This Day27
Original Sin31
Pastoral Care32
The Click34
The Wager35
3The Pirandello Effect39
Inside and Out44
Transference (Greater Love Has No Man)46
Conceptual Deprivation49
The Terminal Valve58
The Implicit Promise60
4On the Rack65
Licensed to Cure65
A State of Grace69
A Realist Theory of Knowledge71
Hire-purchase Stoicism74
From Adjustment to Identity76
The Errors of Realism77
5The Cunning Broker85
The Concept of the Unconscious85
A Cunning Bastard97
Reduction at the Service of Man (or, a Plethora of Omens)100
6Reality Regained108
An Emaciated World108
The Servicing of Reality109
A Habitable World111
The Bourgeois Dionysiac116
7The Embourgoisement of the Psyche120
The New Guardians120
Plato Up-ended123
Transvaluation of Values, to Customer Specification125
Socrates and the Cave127
8Anatomy of a Faith130
The Erring Husband and the Principle of Recursive Cunning130
Brief Checklist and a Much Worse Murder132
Data and Theory134
Some Outside Comments136
The Trickster141
Freud and the Art of Daemon Maintenance145
Eternal Corrigibility152
9The Bounds of Science156
Testability Vindicated?161
The Natural Transcendent167
The Three-horse Race171
Beast, Shaft and Test173
10La Therapie Imaginaire177
Float and Sail177
Truth and Ideology178
The Well180
The Pineal Gland182
Captain of His Soul186
Select Bibliography205

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