Philosophy and psychoanalysis

Authored by: Adrian Johnston

The Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalysis in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Print publication date:  April  2016
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415626927
eBook ISBN: 9781315650821
Adobe ISBN: 9781317308201

10.4324/9781315650821.ch16

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Abstract

Oceans of ink have been, and continue to be, spilled on addressing the intimate yet fraught rapport between psychoanalysis and philosophy. There are many different approaches to exploring the convergences and divergences between these two fields, including (but not limited to) pinpointing the shared fundamental questions asked and answered by both, however similarly or not; charting the historical and intellectual influences of select philosophers from ancient Greece through 19th-century Europe on Sigmund Freud and his analytic progeny; examining the reciprocal influences exerted by Freudian and post-Freudian analysis on philosophical figures and movements in the 20th and early 21st centuries; philosophically interpreting and/or critiquing psychoanalysis (and vice versa); and reading Freud and other analytic thinkers as philosophers. At this point in history, only a single century into the life of the analytic tradition (and this by contrast with over 2,500 years of Western philosophy), the various bodies of literature mapping the complex intersections between psychoanalysis and philosophy would, by themselves, fill a decent-sized library.

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