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Subject and Agency in Psychoanalysis : Which Is to Be Master? - Frances Moran

Subject and Agency in Psychoanalysis

Which Is to Be Master?

Hardcover Published: 1st May 1993
ISBN: 9780814754825
Number Of Pages: 216

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Psychoanalysis works with words, words spoken by a subject who asks that the analyst listen. This is the belief that underlies Francis Moran's rewarding exploration of a central problem in psychoanalytic theory--namely, the separation of the concepts of subject and agency.

Subject and Agency in Psychoanalysis contends that Freud simultaneously employs two frameworks for explaining agency-- one clinical and one theoretical. As a result, Freud's exploration of agency proceeds from two logically incompatible assumptions. The division between these assumptions is a part of Freud's psychoanalytic legacy.

Moran reads the Freudian inheritance in light of this division, showing how Klein and Hartmann's theoretical concepts of subject are adrift from the subject who speaks in analysis. Moran also shows that while Lacan's subject provides more focus on this issue, Lacan reverts to the Freudian division in his use of logically contradictory assumptions concerning the location of agency.

Drawing on contemporary theory development, from Lacanian innovations to the social theories of Anthony Giddens, Moran proposes a new and fertile approach to a fundamental problem, significantly narrowing the gap between psychoanalytic theory and practice.

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Introduction: The Question Askedp. 1
The Presenting Problem
Subject and Agent: The Case of the Hysterique d'Occasionp. 13
Freud's Schemas of the Mind
The Freud-Fliess Correspondence: The First and Second Schemasp. 27
The First Topography: The Third Schemap. 42
The Metapsychology: A Crisis Pointp. 55
The Second Topography: A Compromise Solutionp. 71
The Freudian Legacy
A Problem Concerning the Subject in Psychoanalysisp. 89
Anna Freudp. 90
Heinz Hartmannp. 94
Melanie Kleinp. 105
A Problem Concerning Agency in Psychoanalysis
Jacques Lacanp. 120
A Proposed Solution
A Conceptual Tool of Structurationp. 151
Notesp. 179
Indexp. 195
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780814754825
ISBN-10: 0814754821
Series: Psychoanalytic Crossroads
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st May 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.46

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