Critical Theory and Psychoanalysis: From the Frankfurt School to Contemporary Critique

Editor : Jon Mills, Editor : Daniel Burston

Critical Theory and Psychoanalysis: From the Frankfurt School to Contemporary Critique

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : December 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 318
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  • Catalogue No : 96994
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032104270
  • ISBN 10 : 9781032104
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Critical theory has traditionally been interested in engaging classical psychoanalysis rather than addressing postclassical thought. For the first time, this volume brings critical theory into proper dialogue with modern developments in the psychoanalytic movement and covers a broad range of topics in contemporary society that revisit the Frankfurt School and its contributions to psychoanalytic social critique.

Theoretical, clinical, and applied investigations in social pathology are explored in relation to new directions in critical cultural discourse from a variety of psychoanalytic perspectives. In this volume, internationally acclaimed social political theorists, philosophers, psychoanalysts, cultural critics, and scholars of humanities examine contemporary issues in social critique that address a myriad of topics.

Critical Theory and Psychoanalysis will be of interest to philosophers, psychoanalysts, political scientists, cultural theorists, sociologists, psychologists, religious studies, academe, and those generally interested in the humanities and social sciences.

Reviews and Endorsements

'This remarkably well-curated book offers us tremendous insight into the horrors of our planet, ranging from authoritarianism and anti-Semitism to racism and colonialism. The esteemed editors and contributors have provided us with much depth-psychological wisdom and have reminded us of the importance of studying the core concepts of critical theory and psychoanalysis. Every politician should read this text!' - Professor Brett Kahr, Senior Fellow, Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, London, and Honorary Director of Research, Freud Museum, London.

'Comprised of scintillatingly eloquent essays, this volume ranges from philosophically nuanced accounts of the place of psychoanalysis within Critical Theory, penetrating discussions of the concept of transgenerational transmission of trauma and illuminating analyses of the growing propensity towards authoritarianism in certain quarters of the Left, to critical, yet nuanced and judicious, encounters with contemporary critical race theory, whiteness studies, and much more besides. It's essential reading for anyone seriously interested in understanding and appreciating the rich and enduring theoretical legacy of the sophisticated synthesis of Marx and Freud forged by members of the Frankfurt School in the early decades of the previous century, after the moment to "realize philosophy" was missed.' - Samir Gandesha, Professor of Humanities and Director of the Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

'The papers collected in Critical Theory and Psychoanalysis demonstrate the continuing relevance of the Frankfurt School by applying their synthesis of Marxism and psychoanalysis to show the richness of their confluence; and how key thinkers in the tradition appropriated psychoanalysis in their critical social theory, engagement with Freud, and the social and political issues of the day. These original papers exhibit the vibrancy and timeliness of the Frankfurt School’s appropriation of Freud to key issues of contemporary psychoanalytic and social theory.' - Douglas Kellner, Distinguished Research Professor of Education, UCLA.

About the Editor(s)

Jon Mills, PsyD, PhD, ABPP is a philosopher, psychoanalyst, and psychologist. He is Professor of Psychology and Psychoanalysis at the Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto and is the author of many works in philosophy, psychoanalysis, and psychology including seventeen books. In 2006, 2011, and 2013 he was recognized with a Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in New York City for his scholarship, received a Significant Contribution to Canadian Psychology Award in 2008, a Goethe Award for best book in 2013, and the Otto Weininger Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in 2015 by the Section on Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association. He runs a mental health corporation in Ontario, Canada.

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Daniel Burston is an Associate Professor and former chair of the Psychology Department at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He was raised and educated in Toronto, Canada, and is married with two children. He is the author of numerous books and journal articles on the history of psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis, including The Legacy of Erich Fromm, The Wing of Madness: The Life and Work of R.D.Laing, and Erik Erikson and the American Psyche: Ego, Ethics and Evolution.

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