Introduction to Second Edition.
1. Back to Nature.
Some Basic Facts and Questions.
The Last Angel.
The Harbinger of the Pays Reel.
2. The Plague.
Give Us This Day.
3. The Pirandello Effect.
Inside and Out.
Transference (Greater Love Has No Man).
The Terminal Valve.
The Implicit Promise.
4. On the Rack.
Licensed to Cure.
A State of Grace.
A Realist Theory of Knowledge.
From Adjustment to Identity.
The Errors of Realism.
5. The Cunning Broker.
The Concept of the Unconscious.
A Cunning Bastard.
Reduction at the Service of Man (or, a Plethora of Omens).
6. Reality Regained.
An Emaciated World.
The Servicing of Reality.
A Habitable World.
The Bourgeois Dionysic.
7. The Embourgoisement of the Psyche.
The New Guardians.
Transvaluation of Values, to Customer Specification.
Socrates and the Cave.
8. Anatomy of a Faith.
The Erring Husband and the Principle of Recursive Cunning.
Brief Checklist and a Much Worse Murder.
Data and Theory.
Some Outside Comments.
Freud and the Art of Daemon Maintenance.
9. The Bounds of Science.
The Natural Transcendent.
The Three-Horse Race.
Beast, Shaft and Test.
10. La Therapie Imaginaire.
Float and Sail.
Truth and Ideology.
The Pineal Gland.
Captain of His Soul.
Previous praise for The Psychoanalytic Movement:
‘A marvel… This is a brilliantly written book, every page sparkling with intelligence, style and substance. Gellner provides a welcome and literate overview of the latest philosophic controversy about the logical status of psychoanalytic propositions. Its every page instructs and enlivens and represents a tribute to humane intelligence.’ New Statesman
‘In a stylish, witty and deceptively readable book, Gellner exposes the secular religious nature of the psychoanalytic enterprise. He admits that a compelling, charismatic belief must possess more than merely the promise of succour in a plague and links with the background convictions of the age.’ Nature
‘This is the first determined effort to account for a very odd historical and sociological phenomenon in realistic and meaningful terms…and it makes very good sense. Gellner is incisive, agreeable to read and often witty.’ Institute of Psychiatry Journal
- Explains how the language of psychoanalysis became the dominant way for the industrialized West to speak about emotion.
- Argues that although psychoanalysis offers an incisive picture of human nature, it provides untestable operational definitions and makes unsubstantiated claims concerning its therapeutic efficacy.
- Includes new foreword by Jose Brunner that expands on the central argument of the book and argues that Gellner and Freud might be seen as kindred spirits.