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Philosophy and Psychoanalysis


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Philosophy & Psychoanalysis is dedicated to current developments and cutting edge research in the philosophical sciences, phenomenology, hermeneutics, existentialism, logic, semiotics, cultural studies, social criticism, and the humanities that engage and enrich psychoanalytic thought through philosophical rigor. With the philosophical turn in psychoanalysis comes a new era of theoretical research that revisits past paradigms while invigorating new approaches to theoretical, historical, contemporary, and applied psychoanalysis. No subject or discipline is immune from psychoanalytic reflection within a philosophical context including psychology, sociology, anthropology, politics, the arts, religion, science, culture, physics, and the nature of morality. Philosophical approaches to psychoanalysis may stimulate new areas of knowledge that have conceptual and applied value beyond the consulting room reflective of greater society at large. In the spirit of pluralism, Philosophy & Psychoanalysis is open to any theoretical school in philosophy and psychoanalysis that offers novel, scholarly, and important insights in the way we come to understand our world.

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Holism: Possibilities and Problems

Holism: Possibilities and Problems

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Christian McMillan, Roderick Main, David Henderson
December 20, 2019

Holism: Possibilities and Problems brings together leading contributors in a ground-breaking discussion of holism. The terms ‘holism’ and ‘holistic’ arouse strong emotional responses in contemporary culture, whether this be negative or positive, and the essays in this interdisciplinary collection...

Innovations in Psychoanalysis: Originality, Development, Progress

Innovations in Psychoanalysis: Originality, Development, Progress

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Aner Govrin, Jon Mills
November 05, 2019

From its very inception, psychoanalysis has been a discipline encompassing two contradictory tendencies. This dualistic tendency – tradition alongside disenchantment and the will to improve knowledge – is likely responsible for psychoanalysis’s powerful capacity to survive. In...

Jung and Philosophy

Jung and Philosophy

1st Edition

Jon Mills
May 07, 2019

Although the works of C.G. Jung have received worldwide attention, there has been surprisingly little engagement by philosophers. In this volume, internationally recognized philosophers, Jungian analysts, and scholars attempt to fill this void in the literature. Although Jung did not have a...

Ethics and Attachment: How We Make Moral Judgments

Ethics and Attachment: How We Make Moral Judgments

1st Edition

Aner Govrin
October 24, 2018

Why are we disgusted when an elderly woman is robbed but sympathize with the actions of a Robin Hood? Why do acts of cruelty against a helpless kitten bother us more than does the trampling of ants?  In Ethics and Attachment: How We Make Moral Judgments, psychoanalyst and philosopher Aner Govrin...

Lacan on Psychosis: From Theory to Praxis

Lacan on Psychosis: From Theory to Praxis

1st Edition

Jon Mills, David L. Downing
September 21, 2018

This is the first book of its kind that attempts to distill Lacan’s views on psychosis for both a specialized and non-specialized audience. An attempt is made to present Lacan’s unorganized theories to apply to conceptual paradigms in psychoanalysis and the humanities as well as applied clinical...

Progress in Psychoanalysis: Envisioning the future of the profession

Progress in Psychoanalysis: Envisioning the future of the profession

1st Edition

Steven D. Axelrod, Ronald C. Naso, Larry M. Rosenberg
May 09, 2018

Is psychoanalysis in decline? Has its understanding of the human condition been marginalized? Have its clinical methods been eclipsed by more short-term, problem-oriented approaches? Is psychoanalysis unable (or unwilling) to address key contemporary issues and concerns? With contributors...

Temporality and Shame: Perspectives from Psychoanalysis and Philosophy

Temporality and Shame: Perspectives from Psychoanalysis and Philosophy

1st Edition

Ladson Hinton, Hessel Willemsen
September 06, 2017

Winner of the 2018 American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis (ABAPsa) prize for best Edited book  Temporality has always been a central preoccupation of modern philosophy, and shame has been a major theme in contemporary psychoanalysis. To date, however, there has been little...

Jung's Ethics: Moral Psychology and his Cure of Souls

Jung's Ethics: Moral Psychology and his Cure of Souls

1st Edition

Dan Merkur, Jon Mills
May 16, 2017

This volume presents the first organized study of Jung's ethics. Drawing on direct quotes from all of his collected works, interviews, and seminars, psychoanalyst and religious scholar Dan Merkur provides a compendium of Jung’s thoughts on various topics and themes that comprise his...

Inventing God: Psychology of Belief and the Rise of Secular Spirituality

Inventing God: Psychology of Belief and the Rise of Secular Spirituality

1st Edition

Jon Mills
July 22, 2016

In this controversial book, philosopher and psychoanalyst Jon Mills argues that God does not exist; and more provocatively, that God cannot exist as anything but an idea. Put concisely, God is a psychological creation signifying ultimate ideality. Mills argues that the idea or conception of God is...

Humanizing Evil: Psychoanalytic, Philosophical and Clinical Perspectives

Humanizing Evil: Psychoanalytic, Philosophical and Clinical Perspectives

1st Edition

Ronald C Naso, Jon Mills
December 14, 2015

Psychoanalysis has traditionally had difficulty in accounting for the existence of evil. Freud saw it as a direct expression of unconscious forces, whereas more recent theorists have examined the links between early traumatic experiences and later ‘evil’ behaviour. Humanizing Evil: Psychoanalytic,...

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