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A Question of Time: Freud in the Light of Heidegger's Temporality | Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies 19
Pearl, Joel
Brill/Rodopi / Softcover / 2013-03-01 / 9042036427
Classic Psychoanalysis / Philosophy
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238 pages
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In A Question of Time, Joel Pearl offers a new reading of the foundations of psychoanalytic thought, indicating the presence of an essential lacuna that has been integral to psychoanalysis since its inception. Pearl returns to the moment in which psychoanalysis was born, demonstrating how Freud had overlooked one of the most principal issues pertinent to his method: the question of time. The book shows that it is no coincidence that Freud had never methodically and thoroughly discussed time and that the metaphysical assumption of linear time lies at the very heart of Freudian psychoanalysis. Pearl’s critical reading of Freud develops through an original dialogue that he creates with the philosophy of Martin Heidegger and, specifically, with the German philosopher’s notion of temporality. Pearl traces the encounter between Freud and Heidegger by observing the common inspiration shaping their thinking: philosopher Franz Brentano, who taught both Freud and Edmund Husserl, Heidegger’s mentor. The book travels down an alternate path, one overlooked by Freudian thought – a path leading from Brentano, through Husserl and onto Heidegger’s notion of time, which is founded on the ecstatic’ interrelation of past, present and future.


”a magnificent piece of interdisciplinary scholarship, one that warmed my own post-Cartesian psychoanalytic heart … I am grateful to have encountered Pearl’s highly illuminating top-down explication of what Heidegger’s conception of temporality has to offer Freudian psychoanalysis” in: Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA), 61(6), 2013

“Joel Pearl’s A Question of Time - Freud in the Light of Heidegger’s Temporality is a brilliant, original book, which guides the reader through Heidegger’s profound analysis and philosophical thinking toward a novel formulation of key concepts in psychoanalysis and toward significant conclusions, pertinent to clinical practice. It implies nothing less than a new definition of psychic health - the self’s ability to be open to its possibilities in time. The unique manner in which the self is open to its possibilities in time constitutes part of the person’s agency. One can regard the ability to return to past events as needed throughout the course of life, providing meaning for present self-possibilities, as well as the ability to move toward the future, as the cornerstone of mental health.” in: Sihot: the Israeli Journal for Psychoanalysis, Dec 2012

Table of contents

Psychoanalysis at a Crossroads
The Question of Time: Between Freud and Heidegger
The Structure of this Book and the Presentation of Freud and Heidegger
Heidegger and the Status of Time
The Subject and Time: From the Cogito to Dasein
“Being in the World”: The Two-fold Structure of Everyday Life
Being-There in Time
Freud: A Temporal Lacuna
The Role of Time in the Psychic Mechanism: Freud’s “Project” and its origins in Brentano
Freud’s Concealment of Temporality: Ida Bauer (“Dora”) as a Case Study
From Neurosis to the Structure of the Mind: The Question of Time in Freud’s writings, 1905-1937
An Ontological Reading of Narcissism
Back to Ida: Psychoanalytic Concepts as Manifesting Temporal Relations

About the Author:

Dr. Joel Pearl specializes in phenomenology and psychoanalysis on which he has published several articles. He teaches philosophy at the Academic College of Communication, Rishon LeZion, Israel. In addition, Pearl is a dynamic psychotherapist and a member of The Tel-Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

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