Thinking the Unconscious: Nineteenth-Century German Thought

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Angus Nicholls, Martin Liebscher
Cambridge University Press, Jun 24, 2010 - Psychology
Since Freud's earliest psychoanalytic theorization around the beginning of the twentieth century, the concept of the unconscious has exerted an enormous influence upon psychoanalysis and psychology, and literary, critical and social theory. Yet, prior to Freud, the concept of the unconscious already possessed a complex genealogy in nineteenth-century German philosophy and literature, beginning with the aftermath of Kant's critical philosophy and the origins of German idealism, and extending into the discourses of romanticism and beyond. Despite the many key thinkers who contributed to the Germanic discourses on the unconscious, the English-speaking world remains comparatively unaware of this heritage and its influence upon the origins of psychoanalysis. Bringing together a collection of experts in the fields of German Studies, Continental Philosophy, the History and Philosophy of Science, and the History of Psychoanalysis, this volume examines the various theorizations, representations, and transformations undergone by the concept of the unconscious in nineteenth-century German thought.
 

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Contents

Introduction thinking the unconscious
1
1 The unconscious from the Storm and Stress to Weimar classicism
26
2 The philosophical significance of Schellings conception of the unconscious
57
3 The scientific unconscious Goethes postKantian epistemology
87
4 The hidden agent of the self towards an aesthetic theory of the nonconscious in German romanticism
121
5 The real essence of human beings Schopenhauer and the unconscious will
140
6 Carl Gustav Carus and the science of the unconscious
156
7 Eduard von Hartmanns Philosophy of the Unconscious
173
8 Gustav Theodor Fechner and the unconscious
200
9 Friedrich Nietzsches perspectives on the unconscious
241
10 Freud and nineteenthcentury philosophical sources on the unconscious
261
Epilogue the optional unconscious
287
Works cited
297
Index
324
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