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Reason and Unreason

Psychoanalysis, Science and Politics

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Reason and Unreason: Psychoanalysis, Science and Politics by Michael Rustin (Dean of Social Sciences, University of East London and Visiting Professor, Tavistock Clinic)
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This work explores the justification and legitimacy of psychoanalytic knowledge, and its relevance to political and social questions. Part one explores the achievements of the British psychoanalytic tradition, relating these to recent developments in the sociological understanding of the sciences. Here the argument over the legitimacy of psychoanalysis is advanced beyond sterile polemics towards a more complex and self-confident understanding of its distinctive features and contributions. The book's second major theme concerns the relevance of psychoanalysis to social and political understanding. Psychoanalysis is here identified as a late form of "modernism" providing coherent and profound ways of thinking about the needs of society. The author argues that public policy would be more effective if based on a psychoanalytically-informed understanding of relational needs and unconscious anxieties.
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November 15th, 2001
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
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