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Psychoanalytic theory: a historical reconstruction

Gardner, S; (2012) Psychoanalytic theory: a historical reconstruction. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume , 86 (1) 41 - 60. 10.1111/j.1467-8349.2012.00207.x. Green open access


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In this paper I sketch a reconstruction of the basic psychoanalytic conception of the mind in terms of two historical resources: the conception of the subject developed in post-Kantian idealism, and Spinoza’s laws of the affects in Part Three of the Ethics. The former, I suggest, supplies the conceptual basis for the psychoanalytic notion of the unconscious, while the latter defines the type of psychological causality of psychoanalytic explanations. The imperfect fit between these two elements, I claim, is reflected in familiar conceptual difficulties surrounding psychoanalytic theory and explanation.

Type: Article
Title: Psychoanalytic theory: a historical reconstruction
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8349.2012.00207.x
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8349.2012.00207.x
Language: English
Additional information: © 2012 The Aristotelian Society.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1354470
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