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Irrationality and the Philosophy of Psychoanalysis


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Acknowledgements; Note on the text; Introduction; Part I: Dividing Persons: 1. Ordinary irrationality; 2. Persons in parts; 3. Persons and sub-systems; Part II: Psychoanalytic Concepts: 4. Unconscious motives and Freudian concepts; 5. Wish; 6. Phantasy and Kleinian explanation; Part III: Psychoanalytic Conception of Mind: 7. Metapsychology and psychoanalytic personality; 8. Consciousness, theory and epistemology; Appendices; Notes; Works of Freud cited; Bibliography; Index.

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Sebastian Gardner argues that psychoanalytic theory provides the most satisfactory philosophical explanation of irrationality.


'It has been a commonplace for many decades that Freud changed our conception of the human mind. Few writers and very few philosophers have tried to to tell us what this change amounts to. Sebastian Gardner's book is the most remarkable attempt I know to put this right.' Richard Wollheim

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