Psychoanalysis and Deconstruction: Freud's Psychic Apparatus

Author(s) : Jared Russell

Psychoanalysis and Deconstruction: Freud's Psychic Apparatus

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : July 2019
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 133
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 94566
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367257972
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367257
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Psychoanalysis and Deconstruction: Freud's Psychic Apparatus demonstrates the relevance of deconstructive thinking for the clinical practice of psychoanalysis. Arguing that deconstruction has been misrepresented as a form of literary theory or a philosophy of language, the book puts Derrida, Heidegger and others working in the tradition of deconstruction into dialogue with debates in the contemporary psychoanalytic field. Attempting to retrieve what was radical in Freud's portrayal of the mind as a machine, Jared Russell stresses the importance of psychoanalysis for an understanding of the relationship between the human and its current hyper-technological environment. Interventions into contemporary debates address psychoanalytic concepts such as the nature of the clinical frame, the intersubjective dialogue, unconscious communication and the experience of time. Russell argues that deconstruction, and in particular Derrida's work, can anticipate and help clarify ongoing developments at the cutting edge of psychoanalysis today. Psychoanalysis and Deconstruction: Freud's Psychic Apparatus will appeal not only to a philosophically informed audience but also to clinicians attempting to secure a place for psychoanalytic practice at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

About the Author(s)

Jared Russell is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He received his PhD in philosophy from the New School for Social Research, while undergoing analytic training at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), where he is now a faculty member and clinical supervisor. A fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association, he is Managing Editor of The Undecidable Unconscious: A Journal of Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis (University of Nebraska Press), and co-editor with Steven Ellman, of IPTAR’s psychoanalytic books series.

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