Contemporary Psychoanalytic Foundations: Postmodernism, Complexity, and Neuroscience

Author(s) : Mark Leffert

Contemporary Psychoanalytic Foundations: Postmodernism, Complexity, and Neuroscience

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2010
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 312
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  • Catalogue No : 29536
  • ISBN 13 : 9780881634976
  • ISBN 10 : 0881634972

Reviews and Endorsements

'Formidable! I was very impressed, not just by Leffert's fantastic erudition but by the integration of his concept of the myriad problems surrounding the construct of consciousness. I was further impressed by his distinction between 'emergent' and 'epiphenomenon,' his concepts of 'noetic' and 'autonoetic,' and his favorable account of Jaynes and the early dominance of the right hemispheric speech area. I'm going to have to read this book over and over again - it is as marvelous as it is useful and has answered a lot of questions I have long nursed.'
- James S. Grotstein, M.D., Training and Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Center of California and New Center for Psychoanalysis

'Just as Freud built psychoanalysis on the science and philosophy of his day, contemporary psychoanalysts are building on today's science and philosophy. Analysts are challenged to understand emerging knowledge in fields like postmodernism, complexity theory, and nonlinear dynamics. We also need to understand their relationship to psychoanalysis. Mark Leffert deftly guides readers through these ideas. He makes complex concepts clear and precise without sacrificing accuracy or critical evaluation. Contemporary Psychoanalytic Foundations effectively demonstrates how the worldviews of postmodern thought and complexity theory are reshaping psychoanalytic theory and practice. I highly recommend this guide to all who want to explore the future of psychoanalysis.'
- Robert M. Galatzer-Levy, M.D., Training and Supervising Analyst, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis

Introduction. Postmodernism and its Impact on Psychoanalysis. Modern and Postmodern Trends in Psychoanalysis: A Contemporary Integration. Complexity and Postmodernism in Contemporary Theory of Therapeutic Change. Neuroscience, August 2007: Memory, Mind, and Psychoanalysis. Unconsciousness: The Unconscious and the Not-conscious. Consciousness and the Self. Power and Politics in American Psychoanalysis. Not in Kansas Anymore.

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