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In this fully updated second edition, the author clearly introduces and assesses all of Freud's thought, focusing on those areas of philosophy on which Freud is acknowledged to have had a lasting impact. These include the philosophy of mind, free will and determinism, rationality, the nature of the self and subjectivity, and ethics and religion. He also considers some of the deeper issues and problems Freud engaged with, brilliantly illustrating their philosophical significance: human sexuality, the unconscious, dreams and the theory of transference. The author's approach emphasises the philosophical significance of Freud’s fundamental rule - to say whatever comes to mind without censorship or inhibition. This binds psychoanalysis to the philosophical exploration of self-consciousness and truthfulness as well as opening new paths of inquiry for moral psychology and ethics. 

The second edition includes a new introduction and conclusion. The text is revised throughout, including new sections on psychological structure and object relations and on Freud’s critique of religion and morality.

©2005, 2015 Jonathan Lear (P)2019 Taylor & Francis

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OMG the fake accents

Performance completely undermined by decision to do Freud quotes in a vaguely xenophobic German accent. Also a number of other bizarre gems such as the ye olde English accent.

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  • 06-01-20

Excellent and for everyone!

Love these books written by contemporary scholars but are easy to understand. This is accessible, useful and authoritative no matter your background in Freud, philosophy or psychoanalysis. This will be very helpful for casual listeners interested in Freud's thought at an introductory-level, undergraduate students and people who are generally interested in philosophy or therapy. For a contemporary look at where therapy is today, you can pair this with "Maybe You Should Talk To Someone" on Audible. Ukemi has made much of Freud's work available on Audible if you want to turn to the primary materials after this primer. But I recommend Karen Horney's Neurosis and Human Growth on Audible for a deeper dive into psychoanalysis. They should make all the books in this "ROUTLEDGE PHILOSOPHERS" series available! (Specifically: Aristotle, Hegel, Heidegger, Dewey, Merleau-Ponty, Habermas)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-12-19

The best overview of Freud’s ideas available

The best overview of Freud’s ideas by a preeminent philosopher and psychoanalyst that is an invaluable resource for scholars and general readers alike.

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  • Harold Braswell
  • 27-09-20

Merger of philosophy and psychoanalysis

The best book I have read for providing a philosophical foundation for psychoanalysis—and for explaining why philosophy should incorporate it. Uses Aristotle, Williams, and the literature on moral psychology to this end. Also a succinct and powerful illustration of Freud’s ideas, with useful critical insights on transference, religion, and the nature of pleasure and trauma. Will listen again