ISBN: 978-0-745-66124-7 August 2012 Polity 240 Pages
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What kind of science is psychoanalysis? What kind of truth does it offer and what kind of proof does it provide? What does the concrete practice of psychoanalysis consist of? What can it tell us about creativity and the work of art? What is its place within our culture and how can it transform culture? What is the role of narrative in psychoanalysis?
Ricoeur reading Freud: this could have been the title of this volume, in which the focus is on the actual work of Freud and not on subsequent commentaries. An open reading of intellectual integrity. A critical reading which shuns definitive positions. A reading to understand Freud.
This book - the first volume of Ricoeur's writings and lectures - brings together texts which appeared between 1966 and 1988. It is published under the auspices of Le Fonds Ricoeur.
Table of contents
Note about this edition
The Question of Proof in Psychoanalytic Writings
Psychoanalysis and Hermeneutics
The Self in Psychoanalysis and in Phenomenological Philosophy
Image and Language in Psychoanalysis
Psychiatry and Moral Values
The Atheism of Freudian Psychoanalysis
Psychoanalysis and Art
Life: A Story in Search of a Narrator
Narrative: Its Place in Psychoanalysis
Post-Script: Listening to Freud One Last Time
Postface: Desire, Identity, the Other - Psychoanalysis for Paul Ricoeur after Freud and Philosophy, Vinicio Busacchi
Origin of Texts
New York Times
"One of the most distinguished and prolific philosophers of his generation."