Article ID: CBB001551405

The Illusion of Autonomy: Locating Humanism in Existential-Psychoanalytic Social Theory (2015)

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This article assesses a realm of psychoanalytic social theory that is relatively under-discussed -- existential psychoanalysis -- in order to gain further insight into the relationship of psychoanalytic ideas to humanism. I offer a reading of certain influential thinkers in this tradition, namely Jean-Paul Sartre, Ludwig Binswanger and Medard Boss, presenting conceptual clarifications while highlighting a cluster of important aspects of their respective repertoires relevant to humanism. I do so with the intention of teasing out how contributing voices to existential psychoanalysis negotiate humanism's foundational ideas, specifically the notion of `the individual subject', with the bed-rocks of psychoanalytic thought, namely the unconscious. Finally, I conclude with critical commentary on the existential-psychoanalytic project drawn from what is often thought of as the anti-humanist tradition, with specific attention paid to Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault.

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Authors & Contributors
Evans, Fred
Lawlor, Leonard
Krienen, Heinz-Peter
Sportelli, Silvano
Binswanger, Ludwig
Zimmerman, Andrew D.
Journals
History of the Human Sciences
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Science in Context
Medizinhistorisches Journal
Medicine Studies
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Publishers
Lang
Dedalo
Quintessenz Verlag
University of Chicago Press
State University of New York Press
Continuum
Concepts
Existentialism
Psychology
Psychiatry
Philosophy
Psychoanalysis
Social sciences
People
Binswanger, Ludwig
Sartre, Jean-Paul
Husserl, Edmund
Heidegger, Martin
Merleau-Ponty, Maurice
Wundt, Wilhelm Max
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
21st century
17th century
20th century, late
Places
Germany
Europe
Central Europe: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Switzerland
Argentina
Romania
Institutions
UNESCO
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