Marxism and Psychoanalysis: In or Against Psychology?

Author(s) : David Pavon Cuellar

Marxism and Psychoanalysis: In or Against Psychology?

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The intellectual traditions initiated by Freud and Marx have enabled a range of scholars to critically reflect upon the ideological foundations upon which modern and now postmodern western societies rest. In this intriguing book, the discipline of Psychology itself is screened through the twin dynamics of Marxism and psychoanalysis. David Pavon-Cuellar asks to what extent the terms, concerns and ambitions of Psychology reflect, in fact, the dominant bourgeois ideology that has allowed it to flourish.

The book charts a gradual psychologization within society and culture dating from the nineteenth century, and examines how the ideals within mainstream psychology - creating good citizens or productive workers - sit uneasily against Marx and Freud's ambitions of revealing fault-lines and contradictions within individualist and consumer-oriented social structures. The aspiration of Psychology as positivist nature science has been the source of extensive debate, critical voices asserting the social and cultural contexts through which the human mind and behavior should be understood.

This challenging new book provides another voice that, in addressing two of the most influential intellectual traditions of the past 150 years, widens the debate still further to examine the foundations of Psychology itself.

About the Author(s)

David Pavón Cuéllar is Professor at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. He has taught philosophy and psychoanalysis at universities in Mexico, Portugal and France. Besides books and papers on political discourse and guerrilla warfare, he has recently published a number of articles on social theory and Lacanian psychoanalysis in Lettre Mensuelle (École de la Cause Freudienne, 2005), Letterina (Association du Champ Freudien, 2006), Dilema (Universidad de Valencia, 2006, 2007), Filosofia (Revista da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, 2008) and Araucaria (Revista Iberoamericana de Filosofía, Política y Humanidades, 2009). He also has forthcoming publications in the Annual Review of Critical Psychology and Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología.

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