Philosophy, Psychoanalysis and the A-rational Mind

Paperback | December 2, 2009

byLinda A W Brakel

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Psychoanalytic theories have come in out of favour in the past hundred years. As a central theory behind recent empirically validated treatments such as mentalisation based therapy, there is a newfound interest in considering just what psychoanalysis can offer us in psychiatry and philosophyof mind.Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and the A-Rational Mind is an interdisciplinary book with two aims. Firstly, to sharpen psychoanalytic concepts using philosophical tools and make psychoanalytic theory more viable to the academic community. Secondly, it looks to expand philosophy of mind so as toconsider serious accounts of the unconscious and non-rational mental material predominant and ever-present in psychoanalytic data. The book explores some basic psychological phenomena- beliefs, desires, phantasies, wishes, and drives- examining a range of fascinating cases, and explaining theirsignificance for both philosophers and psychoanalysts. The book revisits some of Freud's less famous cases (and one of his most famous) while exploring some lesser known phenomena such as akrasia (weakness of will). The book provides a powerful re-appraisal of psychoanalysis and the role it can playin helping us better understand human nature.

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Psychoanalytic theories have come in out of favour in the past hundred years. As a central theory behind recent empirically validated treatments such as mentalisation based therapy, there is a newfound interest in considering just what psychoanalysis can offer us in psychiatry and philosophyof mind.Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and the A...

Dr. Linda A.W. Brakel is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School, where she is Co-Associate Director of the Hunt Memorial Laboratory for Research on Subliminal Processes. She is also Research Associate in the Philosophy Department at the University of Michigan, and a practising psychoa...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:196 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.02 inPublished:December 2, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199551251

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Table of Contents

Part I - General Considerations1. Introduction2. Just what sort of a theory is psychoanalytic theory?Part II - Epistemological Issues3. Did Kant precede Freud on a-rational thought?4. Why primary process is hard to knowPart III - Something New for the Philosophy of Mind5. Representational a-rational thinking: a proper function account for phantasy and wishPart IV - A Philosophy of Action View of Psychoanalysis6. Drive theory and primary process7. Phantasies, neurotic beliefs, and beliefs-proper8. Desire and the readiness to actPart V - Summary and Conclusions9. Compare and contrast10. Summary and conclusions