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Reflecting Psychoanalysis : Narrative and Resolve in the Psychoanalytic Experience - Jurgen Reeder

Reflecting Psychoanalysis

Narrative and Resolve in the Psychoanalytic Experience

Paperback Published: 16th May 2002
ISBN: 9781855752849
Number Of Pages: 286

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At the heart of this book is an ethical question: 'With what legitimacy do I assume the right to interpret my fellow being?' This question is raised in the context of a critique of a particular hermeneutic interpretation of psychoanalysis, namely, psychoanalysis as an objectifying discipline in which the other (the analysand) is regarded quintessentially as a representation or exterior object to be understood. The author embraces the fundamental intersubjectivity of psychoanalytic experience. Intersubjectivity is viewed as the human encounter within the psychoanalytic setting where there occurs a mutual influencing or acting upon, rather than an encounter guided by an essentially objectivating scientific knowledge. Truth in this conception is not a cumulatively acquired possession, but an always-emerging process coiled within an interpretative dialectic occurring between human beings. This is a thoughtful, nuanced, clearly articulated and challenging book that engages directly with the perceived crisis of psychoanalysis.

Acknowledging the influence of such thinkers as Bion, Winnicott, Lacan and Ricour Jurgen Reeder charts his own course in this 'exploration into my own standpoints'.At the heart of this book is an ethical question: 'With what legitimacy do I assume the right to interpret my fellow being?' This question is raised in the context of a critique of a particular hermeneutic interpretation of psychoanalysis, namely, psychoanalysis as an objectifying discipline in which the other (the analysand) is regarded quintessentially as a representation or exterior object to be understood.Reeder embraces the fundamental intersubjectivity of psychoanalytic experience. Intersubjectivity is viewed as the human encounter within the psychoanalytic setting where there occurs a mutual influencing or acting upon, rather than an encounter guided by an essentially objectivating scientific knowledge.Truth in this conception is not a cumulatively acquired possession, but an always-emerging process coiled within an interpretative dialectic occurring between human beings.

Introductionp. 1
Metapsychology: defining the field of inquiryp. 9
A contribution to the interpretation of unconscious fantasyp. 23
A theory of reflection: the hermeneutic circlep. 41
A separate realityp. 93
Character formationp. 143
Narrativity and beyondp. 185
The ethical moment: a metapsychological descriptionp. 233
Referencesp. 269
Indexp. 279
Abstractp. 283
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ISBN: 9781855752849
ISBN-10: 1855752840
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 16th May 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36