Psychoanalysis and Deconstruction: Freud's Psychic Apparatus

1st Edition

Jared Russell

Routledge
July 19, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 168 Pages
ISBN 9780367257972 - CAT# K424510

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Summary

Psychoanalysis and Deconstruction: Freud's Psychic Apparatus demonstrates the relevance of deconstructive thinking for the clinical practice of psychoanalysis. Arguing that deconstruction has been misrepresented as a form of literary theory or a philosophy of language, the book puts Derrida, Heidegger and others working in the tradition of deconstruction into dialogue with debates in the contemporary psychoanalytic field.

Attempting to retrieve what was radical in Freud’s portrayal of the mind as a machine, Jared Russell stresses the importance of psychoanalysis for an understanding of the relationship between the human and its current hyper-technological environment. Interventions into contemporary debates address psychoanalytic concepts such as the nature of the clinical frame, the intersubjective dialogue, unconscious communication, and the experience of time. Russell argues that deconstruction and in particular Derrida’s work, can anticipate and help clarify ongoing developments at the cutting edge of psychoanalysis today.

Psychoanalysis and Deconstruction: Freud's Psychic Apparatus will appeal not only to a philosophically informed audience but also to clinicians attempting to secure a place for psychoanalytic practice at the beginning of the 21st century.

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