Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) developed the theory and practice of psychoanalysis, one of the twentieth century's most influential schools of psychology. In this brilliant and long-awaited philosophical introduction Jonathan Lear - one of the most respected writers on Freud - shows how Freud also made fundamental contributions to philosophy and why he ranks alongside the great theorists of human nature.
Jonathan Lear clearly introduces and assesses all of Freud's thought, focusing on those areas of philosophy on which Freud is acknowledged to have had a lasting impact. These include the philosophy of mind, free will, rationality, the nature of the self and subjectivity, and ethics and religion. He also considers some of the deeper issues and problems Freud engaged with, brilliantly illustrating their philosophical significance: human sexuality, the unconscious, dreams, and the theory of transference.
Freud will be essential reading for anyone in the humanities, social sciences and beyond with an interest in Freud or philosophy. --- from the publisher
About the Author:
Jonathan Lear is John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor of Social Thought at the University of Chicago.