Paradox and the Possibility of Knowledge: The Example of Psychoanalysis

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Susquehanna University Press, 2003 - Philosophy - 158 pages
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Paradox and the Possibility of Knowledge argues that psychoanalytic theory has certain mostly unnoticed features that bring out, with unusual clarity, a logic that is true of conceptual thought generally. This logic is paradoxical in that it is deliberately and productively self-canceling. The general relevance of this logic to conceptual thought and to theory offers a solution to some fundamental epistemological problems. First, it allows a solution to the problem of the ultimate circularity or infinite regress of knowledge, by showing how the circle or regress eliminates itself in a variety of successful knowledge-grounding ways. Second, it offers some resulting insights into issues involving politically troublesome dimensions of knowledge, specifically into the procedure of ethical political dialogue. The book is written in the contexts of both Anglo-American philosophy and Continental or European philosophy. The argument is largely Wittgensteinian, and at the same time proceeds through detailed reference to Freud's and Lacan's work. On the way it addresses theory construction in general, including the claims of phenomenology and deconstruction.
 

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Contents

Structural Change and the SelfCancelation of Psychoanalysis
23
Lacan and Systematic Thought
27
The Rigorous SelfIncompatibility of Psychoanalysis
37
The Escape from Circularity Psychoanalysis and the Insufficiency and SelfCancelation of Rigorous System Generally
46
Political Dialogue and Circularity
56
Phenomenology Structuralism Deconstruction and the SelfCancelation of Rigorous System Generally
72
The Other Side of the Coin The SelfIncompatibility of the Analysand the Literal Changes of Truth and the Establishing of Truth
93
The SelfDisparate Unity of Rigorous Incompatibility
109
Time the Meaning of the Unconscious and Truth
121
Conclusion A Commentary on the Structure of Lacans Text
135
Notes
141
Bibliography
149
Index
154
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Jeremy Barris is a South African now living permanently in the United States. After graduate study in clinical and theoretical psychology in South Africa and the United States, he obtained a Ph.D. in philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. As a philosopher, he is primarily interested in the relations between thought, style of expression, humor, and reality. He is currently a professor in the philosophy department of Marshall University, in Huntington, West Virginia

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