The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis
By Richard Gipps, Michael Lacewing (editors)
Review by Sebastian Petzolt, DPhil on Tue, Nov 5th 2019.
The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis by Richard Gipps, Michael Lacewing (editors)With The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (OHPP), Gipps and Lacewing present a rich and well-edited collection that strengthens the connection, and clarifies the distinction, between the handbook's two title disciplines. OHPP will be of interest to both philosophers and psychoanalysts and is apt to inspire further dialogue between them. OHPP consists of 33 chapters, divided into eight sections. (Intellectual Prehistory, five chapters; Twentieth-Century Engagements, four chapters; Clinical Theory, six chapters; Phenomenology and Science, five chapters;&
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Topological Perspectives: New Conceptions of Geometry and Space in Freud and Lacan
By Michael Friedman and Samo Tomšič (Editors)
Review by Diana Soeiro, Ph D. on Tue, Oct 2nd 2018.
Topology is a branch of mathematics that formalizes places and shifts without measurements. It became popular during the nineteenth century dealing with aspects of geometrical figures that remain invariant when they are being transformed. In that sense, for example, a circle and an ellipse are topologically considered to be equivalent because both have the ability to transform into each other with no cutting or pasting. (Nobus 2003, 63) Trained as a forensic psychiatrist, Jacques Lacan (1901-1981) worked as a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist. His philosophical perspective was strongly influence
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Psychoanalysis by Michael Friedman and Samo Tomšič (Editors)

The Late Sigmund Freud
Or, The Last Word on Psychoanalysis, Society, and All the Riddles of Life
By Todd Dufresne
Review by David Mathew on Mon, Sep 3rd 2018.
The Late Sigmund Freud by Todd DufresneIn the final chapter of his life, Sigmund Freud wrote a letter to his admirer Lou Andreas-Salomé in which he summarises his present and future in the following terms:   "A crust of indifference is slowly creeping up around me; a fact I state without complaining. It is a natural development, a way of beginning to grow inorganic" (quoted in volume under review, p.21).     Contestably, this "natural development" – and indeed the very words that comprise this cited gobbet – could stand as an interesting echo of Todd Dufresne's own argument. Where Freud was
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The Arabic Freud
Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt
By Omnia El Shakry
Review by Kate Mehuron on Tue, Feb 13th 2018.
Omnia El Shakry, in The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt, demonstrates the hybridization of Islamic discourses and psychoanalytic thought in postwar Egypt. She lays aside certain Western assumptions about either Islam or psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis is not assumed to be a secularizing humanism that challenges Islam. The latter is not taken as an ahistorical object of inquiry or as a monolithic religious discourse. Rather, Islam is presented as a rich, multivalent historical and discursive tradition. El Shakry posits a dialectical dynamic between psychoanalysis and medie
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The Arabic Freud by Omnia El Shakry

Wisdom Won from Illness
Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis
By Jonathan Lear
Review by Gregory A. Trotter on Fri, Oct 13th 2017.
Wisdom Won from Illness by Jonathan Lear Jonathan Lear has done more than most to draw out the philosophical implications and import of psychoanalysis. In much of his work at the intersection of philosophy and psychoanalysis, Lear focuses on the practical, moral dimension of psychoanalytic theory and practice. He poses basic but far-reaching questions like: How does psychoanalysis work? What would it mean to affect psychical change? What are the conditions in which such a change can occur? This practical focus stems from both his experience as a clinician as well as from his vast knowledge of psychoanalytic and philosophic literature
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In His Time and Ours
By Élisabeth Roudinesco
Review by Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, Ph.D. on Tue, May 23rd 2017.
  This is a translation of a book published in Paris in 2014. The author defines her argument as follows: "...what Freud thought he was discovering was at bottom nothing but the product of a society, a familial environment, and a political situation whose signification he interpreted masterfully so as to ascribe it to the work of the unconscious"   (p.   4). The book fails to develop  this  interesting and radical view, and the author is probably less than equal to the task.       The author's aim is to present Freud's ideas and ac
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Freud by Élisabeth Roudinesco

An Intellectual Biography
By Joel Whitebook
Review by Michael Maidan on Tue, Apr 18th 2017.
Freud by Joel WhitebookJoel Whitebook is a practicing psychoanalyst, a teacher and researcher associated with Columbia University where he directs the Psychoanalytic Studies Program.  His Freud: An Intellectual Biography  'is a study of the relation between the unfolding of his thinking and crucial developments in his life history' (16). The book is a readable, enjoyable and well-documented biography of Freud that summarizes current scholarship, and makes good use of recently published archival materials. But, it is also more than that. Whitebook argues that we can identify two aspects in Freud's theory. O
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What Freud Really Meant
A Chronological Reconstruction of his Theory of the Mind
By Susan Sugarman
Review by Sebastian Petzolt, DPhil on Tue, Oct 25th 2016.
The premise of Sugarman's book What Freud Really Meant (WFRM) is that Freud's theories are frequently misunderstood as overly simplistic and unacceptably misanthropic, along the following lines: Freud thought we are slaves to primitive instincts -- esp. the sex drive --, which compel us to devote our entire life to a single-minded pursuit of pleasure. If we can't meet our instincts' demands, we fall mentally ill. Sugarman's goal is to rectify this misunderstanding: she attempts to present Freud's system as a complex but plausible whole -- intricate but coherent, subtle but meaningful. Her hop
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What Freud Really Meant by Susan Sugarman

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