Understanding Psychoanalysis
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Series: Understanding Movements in Modern Thought
Author(s): Matthew Sharpe Joanne Faulkner  
ISBN: 1844651223
ISBN-13: 9781844651221
Publication Date: 30/04/2008
Pages: 240 (216 x 138mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £14.99
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Understanding Psychoanalysis presents a broad introduction to the key concepts and developments in psychoanalysis and its impact on modern thought. Charting pivotal moments in the theorization and reception of psychoanalysis, the book provides a comprehensive account of the concerns and development of Freud’s work, as well as his most prominent successors, Melanie Klein and Jacques Lacan.

The work of these leading psychoanalytic theorists has greatly influenced thinking across other disciplines, notably feminism, film studies, poststructuralism, social and cultural theory, the philosophy of science and the emerging discipline of neuropsychoanalysis. Analysing this engagement with other disciplines and their key theorists, Understanding Psychoanalysis argues for a reconsideration of psychoanalysis as a resource for philosophy, science, and cultural studies.


"By far one of the best sources for both undergraduate as well as graduate students wanting to learn about psychoanalysis . . . this is a teaching resource that no one in the field can afford to pass up." – Dialogue

"Psychoanalysis has outlived its obituaries and philosophy, as outlined in this book, has helped its resuscitation. This is just as well since we need it. Here is an ‘introduction’ that trades neither scope for accuracy nor clarity for depth. With the Wolf-Man at my door, Anno O thirsty, Dora in hysterics, and George W. in the White House, this is the book I would reach for." – Michael P. Levine, University Of Western Australia

"After Freud, it is impossible to say that reason is the master of its own house, and the great virtue of this book is that it addresses the fundamental coordinates of the moment we go awry in the tyranny of rationalization. Overall, the volume is a very pointed introduction to the grounds of psychoanalysis and the place of psychoanalysis in modern thought.” – Metapsychology Online Reviews

Matthew Sharpe is Lecturer in Philosophy and Psychoanalytic Studies at Deakin University, Australia. Joanne Faulkner is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at University of Alberta, Canada.

Introduction: On Understanding Psychoanalysis
Part I Sigmund Freud, the Father of Psychoanalysis 
1. Where it was: Freud’s biology of the mind
2. Sexuality and its vicissitudes
3. To slip, perchance to dream: Freud on the unconscious
PART II Freud’s Children 
4. Precarious love: Kleinian object relations theory
5. Jacques Lacan: Re-reading Freud to the letter
6. What does woman want? Feminism and psychoanalysis
PART III Psychoanalysis and its Discontented 
7. Freud as philosopher? Civilization, art and religion
8. Where psychoanalysis has come to be: philosophy, science, society and ethics
Chronology of life and events
Questions for discussion and revision
Guide to Further Reading

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