shopping cart
nothing in cart
browse by subject
new releases
best sellers
sale books
browse by author
browse by publisher
about us
upcoming events
Jul 14th - Becoming an Adult Attachment Focused Therapist: Shifting framework in therapeutic work - live webinar [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
Jul 21st - Anxiety and the Gift of the Imagination: A clinical model for helping children understand and manage anxiety - live webinar [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
Aug 10th - Narrative Therapy Certificate: Actively engage and leave empowered to implement change [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
Aug 14th - Deep Summer Retreat [Hugh Smiley]
Sep 4th - The Deepest Kindness: ACT and the Therapeutic Relationship [Ottawa River Psychology Group]
schools agencies and other institutional orders (click here)
Free shipping across Canada for all orders over $50. Please read our Covid-19 statement here.
Join our mailing list! Click here to sign up.
Rationalism and Emancipation in Psychoanalysis: The Work of Jean Laplanche | Hardcover
Tessier, Helene | Translated by Jonathan House and Andrew Baird
The Unconscious in Translation / Hardcover / 2019-10-01 / 194225413X
French Psychoanalysis
price: $72.95 (may be subject to change)
Not in Stock, usually ships in 7-10 business days

The definition of psychoanalysis is a question largely hidden by cultural conditions that favor eclecticism. Demonstrating the importance of psychoanalysis can become meaningless if one does not specify what one means by “psychoanalysis.” For instance, could we seriously argue that Lacanian approaches are examples of the same conception of psychoanalysis as that embodied in relational approaches based on attachment theory? Invoking the existence of a “common ground” of clinical practice is not convincing, unless one is persuaded that theory has no influence on practice. Analysts should not close ranks around the term “psychoanalysis” if it does not correspond to a shared reality. If such a reality does exist how can we judge whether it deserves our support?

Laplanche’s work has the merit of addressing these issues directly. It cannot be inserted into contemporary eclecticism. In fact, his thought involves a demand for coherence that makes it a polemical interlocutor of each of the principal contemporary orientations.

We must choose how to define the psychoanalytic field and its principal concepts, but what criteria should determine our choices? Laplanche’s thought falls within the rationalist tradition as can be seen in what Laplanche rightly considered his central contribution: The General Theory of Seduction and its links to the mode of action of psychoanalysis. The affiliation with rationalism constitutes one of the criteria that help establish this theory’s validity. That is the thesis of this book.

Adapted from the author’s Introduction.

Caversham Booksellers
98 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G6 Canada
(click for map and directions)
All prices in $cdn
Copyright 2020

Phone toll-free (800) 361-6120
Tel (416) 944-0962 | Fax (416) 944-0963
E-mail [email protected]
Hours: 9-6 Mon-Sat / Closed Sunday (EST)

Click here to read previous issues.
other lists
French Psychoanalysis
UIT Books