Freedom to Relate: Psychoanalytic Explorations

Author(s) : Roger Kennedy

Freedom to Relate: Psychoanalytic Explorations

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  • Publisher : Free Association Books
  • Published : 1993
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 218
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  • Catalogue No : 759
  • ISBN 13 : 9781853431906
  • ISBN 10 : 1853431907
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What is the relationship between psychoanalysis and human freedom? Does psychoanalysis enhance it? Is it coercive? What are the limits? These may appear to be deceptively simple questions, but Roger Kennedy addresses them head-on. He draws on his own clinical work to shed light on conceptions of freedom and how they relate to the psychoanalytic process. Ideas from ancient, medieval, 17th-century, Enlightenment and recent philosophy, including hermeneutics, are employed in his explorations. He also addresses himself to recent pessimistic and postmodernist writings on culture and the human condition.

About the Author(s)

Roger Kennedy is a psychoanalyst in private practice, a training analyst and President of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is Consultant Psychiatrist at the Family Unit, Cassel Hospital, and author of nine previous books, including Psychotherapists as Expert Witnesses (2005), and The Many Voices of Psychoanalysis (2007). He is also a published poet.

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