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Understanding Psychoanalysis by Matthew Sharpe, Joanne Faulkner


Understanding Psychoanalysis by Matthew Sharpe, Joanne Faulkner

Understanding Psychoanalysis presents a broad introduction to the key concepts and developments in psychoanalysis and its impact on modern thought. Charting pivotal moments in the theorization and reception of psychoanalysis, the book provides a comprehensive account of the concerns and development of Freud's work, as well as his most prominent successors, Melanie Klein and Jacques Lacan.The work of these leading psychoanalytic theorists has greatly influenced thinking across other disciplines, notably feminism, film studies, poststructuralism, social and cultural theory, the philosophy of science and the emerging discipline of neuropsychoanalysis. Analysing this engagement with other disciplines and their key theorists, Understanding Psychoanalysis argues for a reconsideration of psychoanalysis as a resource for philosophy, science, and cultural studies.


Psychoanalysis has outlived its obituaries and philosophy, as outlined in this book, has helped its resuscitation. This is just as well since we need it. Here is an 'introduction
that trades neither scope for accuracy nor clarity for depth. With the Wolf

-Man at my door, Anna O thirsty, Dora in hysterics, and George W. in the White House, this is the book I would reach for. - Michael P. Levine, University Of Western Australia

About the Author

Matthew Sharpe is Lecturer in Philosophy & Psychoanalytic Studies at Deakin University, Australia. Joanne Faulkner is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at University of Alberta, Canada.

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Publication date

23rd April 2008


Matthew Sharpe, Joanne Faulkner

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Acumen Publishing Ltd an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


208 pages


Psychoanalytical theory (Freudian psychology)



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