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Psychoanalysis: Practices of Recovery

Stephen Mulhall

in Stanley Cavell

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238508
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679643 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238508.003.0011
Psychoanalysis: Practices of Recovery

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The concepts and practices of psychoanalysis have fed into Cavell's work from its earliest stages. This chapter distinguishes three different levels or dimensions on which this influence has operated. On one level, specific Freudian diagnostic and therapeutic insights have helped guide Cavell's readings of specific texts and the interpersonal relationships represented in them. Cavell also believes that just as the Cartesian Meditations and Shakespearean corpus signalled the simultaneous advent of scepticism and of attempts to overthrow it at the inception of the modern era, so the development of Freudian science of the mind can be seen as a further stage in the story of scepticism's impact on post-Enlightenment culture.

Keywords: Cavell; psychoanalysis; scepticism

Chapter.  7116 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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