Unconscious Knowing and Other Essays in Psycho-philosophical Analysis

Author(s) : Linda A.W. Brakel

Unconscious Knowing and Other Essays in Psycho-philosophical Analysis

Book Details

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Published : 2010
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 192
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 31207
  • ISBN 13 : 9780199581474
  • ISBN 10 : 0199581479

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In Unconscious Knowing and Other Essays in Psycho-Philosophical Analysis, Linda Brakel tackles a range of fascinating and puzzling phenomena that lie at the border between psychoanalysis and philosophy of mind. These include unconscious knowing, vagueness, agency, the placebo effect, and even explanation itself. Unique in its use of tools and concepts from both philosophy and psychoanalysis, the book demonstrates how this interdisciplinary approach can provide some unique solutions to some impenetrable problems.

Following the introduction, chapter two on unconscious knowing puts forward a radical epistemological view of knowledge and belief, providing evidence from psychoanalytic data and empirical research, using the subliminal method. Chapter three considers philosophical accounts of vagueness in relation to a-rational mentation, finding surprising similarities. In Chapter four, an original account of agency is developed whilst discovering that a central problem for analysands is quite analogous to an important philosophical problem: namely, when I am concerned with my own survival, just what is the nature of the me of concern? In Chapter five the mysterious placebo effect is made more understandable in terms of the basic psychoanalytic concepts that are shown to underlie it. Finally, chapter six concludes the book with an examination of explanations in general, including those in the proceeding chapters.

This is a book that will be of great interest to those within both psychoanalysis and philosophy of mind, offering up some compelling explanations for some puzzling phenomena.

About the Author(s)

Linda A.W. Brakel is Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Psychiatry and Research Associate in Philosophy at the University of Michigan. She is also on the faculty of Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and practices psychoanalysis in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has authored and co-authored articles on topics ranging from empirical studies testing psychoanalytic concepts to those on the philosophy of mind and action. Her most recent works are three interdisciplinary books: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and the A-Rational Mind, Unconscious Knowing and Other Essays in Psycho-Philosophical Analysis, and The Ontology of Psychology: Questioning Foundations in the Philosophy of Mind.

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