Belief and Imagination: Explorations in Psychoanalysis

Author(s) : Ronald Britton

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Belief and Imagination: Explorations in Psychoanalysis

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : January 1998
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 240
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 6360
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415194389
  • ISBN 10 : 0415194385
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This volume collates Ronald Britton's writing on these subjects over the last fifteen years, exploring the concepts from a Kleinian perspective. Topics include how the notions of objectivity and subjectivity are interrelated and have their origins in the Oedipal triangle.

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Belief and Imagination brings together Ronald Britton's writing on these subjects over the last fifteen years, exploring the concepts from a Kleinian perspective.

The book covers
* the status of phantasies in an individuals mind - are they facts orpossibilities?
* how the notions of objectivity and subjectivity are interrelated and have their origins in the Oedipal triangle
* how phantasies which are held to be products of the imagination, can be accounted for in psychoanalytic terms.

Britton also examines the relationship between psychic reality and fictional writing, and the ways in which belief, imagination and reality are explored in the works of Wordsworth, Rilke, Milton and Blake.

About the Author(s)

Ronald Britton is a well-known international psychoanalytic writer who has lectured widely in Europe and North and South America. He is a former President of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a Vice-President of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). He has a predominantly clinical approach but also a special interest in the relationship of psychoanalysis to literature, philosophy and theology. He was given the IPA Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in 2013 and the Sigourney Award for Outstanding Psychoanalytic Contributions in 2014.

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