Psychoanalyzing The Politics Of The New Brain Sciences by Robert SamuelsPsychoanalyzing The Politics Of The New Brain Sciences by Robert Samuels

Psychoanalyzing The Politics Of The New Brain Sciences

byRobert Samuels

Paperback | February 9, 2019

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This book argues that neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and behavioral economics often function as a political ideology masquerading as a new science. In looking at works by Antonio Damasio, Steven Pinker, Richard Thaler, Cas Sunstein, and John Tooby, Robert Samuels undertakes a close reading of the new brain sciences, and by turning to the works of Freud and Lacan, offers a counter-discourse to these new emerging sciences. He argues that an unintentional political manipulation of scientific thinking serves to repress the psychoanalytic conception of the unconscious and sexuality as it reinforces neoliberalism and promotes the drugging of discontent.

This innovative book is intended for those interested in science, psychoanalysis, and politics and offers a new definition of neoliberal subjectivity.




Robert Samuels has PhDs in English and Psychoanalysis. He teaches advanced writing at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. He is the author of eleven books includingPsychoanalyzing the Left and Right after Donald Trump and Educating Inequality(2016).
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Title:Psychoanalyzing The Politics Of The New Brain SciencesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:143 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:February 9, 2019Publisher:Palgrave Pivot USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319891162

ISBN - 13:9783319891163

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction.- Chapter 2. Damasio's Error: The Politics of Biological Determinism after Freud.- Chapter 3. The Backlash Politics of Evolutionary Psychology: Pinker's Blank Slate.- Chapter 4. Behavioral Economics: Nudge and Technocratic Liberalism.- Chapter 5. The Brain Sciences Against the Welfare State.- Chapter 6. Drugging Discontent: Psychoanalysis, Drives and the Governmental University Medical Pharmaceutical Complex (GUMP).- Chapter 7. Conclusion.