Unconscious knowing and other essays in psycho-philosophical analysis

Paperback | July 21, 2010

byLinda A. W. Brakel

not yet rated|write a review
In 'Unconscious knowing and other essays in psycho-philosophical analysis', Linda Brakel tackles a range of fascinating and puzzling phenomena that lie at the border between psychoanalysis and philosophy of mind. These include - unconscious knowing, vagueness, agency, the placebo effect, andeven explanation itself. Unique in its use of tools and concepts from both philosophy and psychoanalysis, the book demonstrates how this interdisciplinary approach can provide some unique solutions to some impenetrable problems. Following the introduction, chapter two on 'unconscious knowing' puts forward a radical epistemological view of knowledge and belief, providing evidence from psychoanalytic data and empirical research, using the subliminal method. Chapter three considers philosophical accounts of vagueness in relation to a-rational mentation, finding surprising similarities. In Chapter four, an original account of agency is developed whilst discovering that a central problem for analysands is quite analogous to an important philosophical problem: namely, when I am concerned with my own survival, just what is the nature of the 'me' of concern? In Chapter five the mysterious placebo effect is made more understandable in terms of the basic psychoanalytic concepts that are shown to underlie it. Finally, chapter six concludes the book with an examination of explanations in general, including those in the proceeding chapters.This is a book that will be of great interest to those within both psychoanalysis and philosophy of mind, offering up some compelling explanations for some puzzling phenomena.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$65.95

Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

In 'Unconscious knowing and other essays in psycho-philosophical analysis', Linda Brakel tackles a range of fascinating and puzzling phenomena that lie at the border between psychoanalysis and philosophy of mind. These include - unconscious knowing, vagueness, agency, the placebo effect, andeven explanation itself. Unique in its use of...

Linda A.W. Brakel is an adjunct Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School, and an Associated Scholar at that university's Department of Philosophy. She is also a practicing psychoanalyst, and a faculty member at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Brakel's research on a-rational thinking, at the...

other books by Linda A. W. Brakel

Psychoanalysis and Philosophy of Mind: Unconscious Mentality in the Twenty-first Century
Psychoanalysis and Philosophy of Mind: Unconscious Ment...

Kobo ebook|Jul 14 2015

$24.69 online$31.95list price(save 22%)
Philosophy, Science, and Psychoanalysis
Philosophy, Science, and Psychoanalysis

Kobo ebook|Jan 12 2015

$26.19 online$33.95list price(save 22%)
see all books by Linda A. W. Brakel
Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:July 21, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199581479

ISBN - 13:9780199581474

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Unconscious knowing and other essays in psycho-philosophical analysis

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction1. IntroductionPart II: Unconscious knowledge /epistemology, philosophy of mind2. Unconscious knowing: psychoanalytic evidence in support of a radical epistemic viewPart III: Vagueness and a-rationality/epistemology, philosophy of mind, metaphysics3. The limits of rationality: vagueness, a case studyPart IV: Agency/ philosophy of action4. Agency: 'me'--ness in actionPart V: The placebo effect / psychoanalysis5. The placebo effect: psychoanalytic theory can help explain the phenomenonPart VI: Explanations / philosophy of science6. Explanations and conclusions