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Transcendental Approach to the Brain

Georg Northoff

in Neuropsychoanalysis in practice

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Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599691
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754746 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199599691.003.0002
Transcendental Approach to the Brain

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In the first chapter I take up some of Freud's metapsychological ideas, place them within the philosophical context of Kant, and discuss how the latter's transcendental approach can be fruitfully extended with regard to the concept of the brain. As has been observed, for example, by Brooks (1998), Freud's concept of the structure and organization of the psyche is related to Kant's concept of mind. The similarities and differences between Freud's approach to the psyche and Kant's approach to the mind are discussed and extended to the concept of the brain. The conceptual implications and empirical relevance of such a transcendental approach to the brain, as first suggested by the philosopher Schopenhauer, are discussed and placed in the context of neuropsychoanalysis.

Chapter.  11078 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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