Subterranean Politics And Freud S Legacy

Author : A. Buzby
ISBN : 9781137349378
Genre : Political Science
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Subterranean Politics and Freud's Legacy seeks to reestablish psychoanalysis as an ally to critical theory's efforts to restore subjectivity and oppose systemic domination in modernity. Given critical theory's ongoing crisis of identity and purpose, this project makes a significant contribution to contemporary political theory.
Category: Political Science

Subterranean Politics

Author : Amy Lynn Buzby
ISBN : OCLC:773344359
Genre : Critical theory
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This dissertation reinterprets psychoanalysis within the context of and for use by critical theory. The central argument is that psychoanalysis has emancipatory potential that critical theory has yet to tap, and that a reimagined psychoanalysis thus has much to offer critical theory. The dissertation begins with a rereading of Freud's critical method that highlights Freud's heretofore-obscured militant optimism and compassion. The question of how critical theory can utilize this new understanding of Freud's work is then considered in analyses of Horkheimer's work on compassion and Habermas's theorization of psychoanalysis as a model of communicative action. With this groundwork established, the dissertation turns to consider three directly political categories. Firstly, psychoanalytic Eros is critically juxtaposed with Herbert Marcuse's account of the same. The author argues that psychoanalytic Eros, which is balanced more heavily towards the quotidian than the utopian, is more useful to critical theory because it speaks to concrete social agency and solidarity. Secondly, the critical category of guilt is considered. The author contests that critical theory has long understood the importance of working through guilt as a social problem, but lacks the nuanced understanding and methods for the resolution of guilt contained in psychoanalysis. Finally, sublimation and identification are considered in relation to the reality principle. The author notes that critical theory consistently rejects these theories, which are seen as processes that adapt the subject to domination, and reimagines them as central to the development of autonomy and social agency. As a whole, the dissertation reclaims psychoanalysis as an ally to critical theory's efforts to restore subjectivity and oppose systemic domination in modernity.
Category: Critical theory

D W Winnicott And Political Theory

Author : Matthew H. Bowker
ISBN : 9781137575333
Genre : Political Science
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In this volume, the work of British psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott is set in conversation with some of today’s most talented psychodynamically-sensitive political thinkers. The editors and contributors demonstrate that Winnicott’s thought contains underappreciated political insights, discoverable in his reflections on the nature of the maturational process, and useful in working through difficult impasses confronting contemporary political theorists. Specifically, Winnicott’s psychoanalytic theory and practice offer a framework by which the political subject, destabilized and disrupted in much postmodern and contemporary thinking, may be recentered. Each chapter in this volume, in its own way, grapples with this central theme: the potential for authentic subjectivity and inter-subjectivity to arise within a nexus of autonomy and dependence, aggression and civility, destructiveness and care. This volume is unique in its contribution to the growing field of object-relations-oriented political and social theory. It will be of interest to political scientists, psychologists, and scholars of related subjects in the humanities and social sciences.
Category: Political Science

The Memory Wars

Author : Frederick C. Crews
ISBN : STANFORD:36105020739988
Genre : Medical
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Category: Medical

Notes From The Underground

Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky
ISBN : 9783736802575
Genre : Fiction
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Notes from the Underground is a novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Notes is considered by many to be the first existentialist novel. It presents itself as an excerpt from the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator (generally referred to by critics as the Underground Man) who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg. The first part of the story is told in monologue form, or the underground man's diary, and attacks emerging Western philosophy, especially Nikolay Chernyshevsky's What Is to Be Done?. The second part of the book is called "Àpropos of the Wet Snow", and describes certain events that, it seems, are destroying and sometimes renewing the underground man, who acts as a first person, unreliable narrator. Dostoyevsky again confronts the concept of free will and constructs a negative argument to validate free will against determinism in the character Kirillov's suicide in his novel The Demons. Notes from Underground marks the starting point of Dostoyevsky's move from psychological and sociological themed novels to novels based on existential and general human experience in crisis. War is described as people's rebellion against the assumption that everything needs to happen for a purpose, because humans do things without purpose, and this is what determines human history. The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche called Dostoevsky "the only psychologist, incidentally, from whom I had anything to learn."
Category: Fiction

Sex

Author : Daniel Orrells
ISBN : 9781848855205
Genre : Erotica
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Sex is fundamental to society. We canot think about politics, power, identity or culture without also thinking about sexuality. But if human life cannot exist without sex, the scientific study of sexuality is a relatively recent phenomenon. Doctors, legal experts and other intellectuals have all pondered challenging questions in an attempt to stay abreast of the latest sexual research. How might we separate talking about sex from discussing pornography? How do we speak objectively about desire and pleasure? And how do the words that we use to talk about sex affect what we are able to say meaningfully about it? Such questions increasingly inform public discourse across a variety of media. Showing how ancient words and ideas have left a significant imprint on present-day ideas about sex, Daniel Orrells offers a bold new narrative of how the scientific study of sexuality came into being. Uncovering the intriguing story of how the obscene and erotic verse of Roman epigram and love-poetry became the sanitised language of nineteenth-century sexual science, this divertingly readable book demonstrates how the reception of both Latin and Greek texts were central to the development of modern sexology and psychoanalysis. Ranging from Sappho, Catullus and Martial to Michel Foucault, Richard Krafft-Ebing and Sigmund Freud, the author reveals just how profoundly classics has shaped the landscape of sexual identity that we inhabit today.
Category: Erotica

The Legacy Of Kenneth Burke

Author : Herbert W. Simons
ISBN : UOM:39015014308962
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Category: Literary Criticism

Bettelheim

Author : Nina Sutton
ISBN : 0813390990
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This examination of the psychoanalist's life explores the controversy which surrounded him, and offers insight into the history of child care, psychoanalytic study, and society
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Psychoanalytic Century

Author : David E. Scharff
ISBN : STANFORD:36105110410318
Genre : Psychology
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The Psychoanalytic Century examines and celebrates Freuds extraordinary influence on modern analysis and Western culture as a whole. The book comprehensively covers the evolution of our understanding of hysteria as the diagnostic entity through which Freud invented psychoanalysis; and the assessment of the contribution of Freud and his successors to the theory of love and clinical approaches to love relations, as well as to literature, the visual arts, international diplomacy, and race. In this volume we celebrate Freud's legacy, and explore the scope of his impact on psychoanalysis, society, and culture. The contributions of many distinguished colleagues follow the evolution of analysis as his ideas move beyond historical artifact to become living internal objects, embedded in Western culture. David Scharff, from his introduction
Category: Psychology

Civilization And Its Discontents

Author : Sigmund Freud
ISBN : 9780141964232
Genre : Philosophy
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Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization, and helped make us who we are.
Category: Philosophy