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Philosophy of Psychoanalysis
Philosophy of Psychoanalysis
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About the Book:

This small but provocative book is devoted to a philosophical examination of some of Freudian concepts in psycho-analysis.

About the Author:

Dr. Mrinal Miri, Trained in Delhi University and the University of Cambridge, is head of the Department of Philosophy at North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. He has contributed outstanding papers to national and international journals. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study.

 

Preface

The psychoanalytic theory that I am concerned with here is that of Freud. However, there is nothing like a detailed or systematic philosophical study of Freudian concepts in the book. Instead I pick up controversies surrounding Freudian theory which have cropped up in recent philosophical literature, and generally attempt to provide a philosophical defence of the theory against the background of these controversies.

I believe that among the great minds of this and the last Century-I have in mind names like Hegal, Nietzsche, Marx and Wittgenstein-Freud perhaps had the profoundest insights into our human condition. But his ideas are also perhaps among the most misunderstood in the intellectual world today. As such they have been the victim m of unfair criticism and, sometimes, even of ridicule. This book is a very small effort towards a philosophical clarification of some of Freud's basic ideas. I am convinced that a better appreciation of Freud by philosophers today will make a radical difference at least to the area of philosophy known as the philosophy of mind.

I would have liked to have written a much more complete and systematic work, but apart from my own intellectual inadequacy for such a task, various other circumstances prevented me from doing so.

Part of the material of Essay 1 appeared in an article in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 1974. I have the Editor's permission to use it here. Parts of Essay 3 were used in a paper which I read at one of the plenary sessions of the World Philosophical Conference held in Delhi in 1975 under the auspices of the Indian Philosophical Congress. Again I have the permission of the Secretary, Indian Philosophical Congress, to use this material here.

I wrote almost the whole of the first draft of the manuscript for this book during my tenure as a Visiting Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. My first debt is to Professor S. C. Dube, Director of the Institute, without whose subtle encouragement and patience 1 would never have completed the work. The warmth and affection I have received from him and the facilities offered to me by the Institute, I am sure, far outweigh the quality of the work.

My chief philosophical debt is to my friend Ramchandra Gandhi. Many arguments in the book have originated in discussions I had with Gandhi-discussions in which he invariably took the creative and the initiating role. I am also grateful to Hiren Gohain, with whom I did not indeed discuss many of the issues this book is concerned with, but who is responsible, perhaps more than anybody else, for the first awakening of whatever intellectual awareness I now possess.

But my greatest and most profound debt-both professional and personal-is to my wife, Sujata, to whom I dedicate this, my first book.

 

CONTENTS
  Preface V
1 Self-Deception 1
2 Explanation, Rationality and Neurotic Behaviour 13
3 Explanation and Description in Freud 29
4 Justification 47
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Philosophy of Psychoanalysis

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IDF949
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Edition:
1977
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English
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About the Book:

This small but provocative book is devoted to a philosophical examination of some of Freudian concepts in psycho-analysis.

About the Author:

Dr. Mrinal Miri, Trained in Delhi University and the University of Cambridge, is head of the Department of Philosophy at North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. He has contributed outstanding papers to national and international journals. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study.

 

Preface

The psychoanalytic theory that I am concerned with here is that of Freud. However, there is nothing like a detailed or systematic philosophical study of Freudian concepts in the book. Instead I pick up controversies surrounding Freudian theory which have cropped up in recent philosophical literature, and generally attempt to provide a philosophical defence of the theory against the background of these controversies.

I believe that among the great minds of this and the last Century-I have in mind names like Hegal, Nietzsche, Marx and Wittgenstein-Freud perhaps had the profoundest insights into our human condition. But his ideas are also perhaps among the most misunderstood in the intellectual world today. As such they have been the victim m of unfair criticism and, sometimes, even of ridicule. This book is a very small effort towards a philosophical clarification of some of Freud's basic ideas. I am convinced that a better appreciation of Freud by philosophers today will make a radical difference at least to the area of philosophy known as the philosophy of mind.

I would have liked to have written a much more complete and systematic work, but apart from my own intellectual inadequacy for such a task, various other circumstances prevented me from doing so.

Part of the material of Essay 1 appeared in an article in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 1974. I have the Editor's permission to use it here. Parts of Essay 3 were used in a paper which I read at one of the plenary sessions of the World Philosophical Conference held in Delhi in 1975 under the auspices of the Indian Philosophical Congress. Again I have the permission of the Secretary, Indian Philosophical Congress, to use this material here.

I wrote almost the whole of the first draft of the manuscript for this book during my tenure as a Visiting Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. My first debt is to Professor S. C. Dube, Director of the Institute, without whose subtle encouragement and patience 1 would never have completed the work. The warmth and affection I have received from him and the facilities offered to me by the Institute, I am sure, far outweigh the quality of the work.

My chief philosophical debt is to my friend Ramchandra Gandhi. Many arguments in the book have originated in discussions I had with Gandhi-discussions in which he invariably took the creative and the initiating role. I am also grateful to Hiren Gohain, with whom I did not indeed discuss many of the issues this book is concerned with, but who is responsible, perhaps more than anybody else, for the first awakening of whatever intellectual awareness I now possess.

But my greatest and most profound debt-both professional and personal-is to my wife, Sujata, to whom I dedicate this, my first book.

 

CONTENTS
  Preface V
1 Self-Deception 1
2 Explanation, Rationality and Neurotic Behaviour 13
3 Explanation and Description in Freud 29
4 Justification 47
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