The Self in Transformation: Psychoanalysis, Philosophy, & the Life of the Spirit

The Self in Transformation: Psychoanalysis, Philosophy, & the Life of the Spirit

The Self in Transformation: Psychoanalysis, Philosophy, & the Life of the Spirit

The Self in Transformation: Psychoanalysis, Philosophy, & the Life of the Spirit

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In practicing and cherishing the old,
he attains the new;
Attaining the new, he reanimates
the old;
He is indeed a teacher
.

THIS BOOK ARISES OUT OF A JOURNEY OF SELF-EXPLORATION and self-teaching. Has this journey been a professional one or a personal one? Indeed, the distinction between the two seems to dissolve.

In making the journey, I have had no aims. These studies are outcomes rather than realized objectives. They are intellectual footprints, not blueprints. The reader will eventually identify their shape and dimensions to his own satisfaction; he will find their place on the intellectual map and the existential direction in which they point. Still, each study has the form of an autonomous essay, and the reader is therefore entitled to some general and preliminary orientation. Such informal orientation, perhaps slightly polemical, can be further justified (or excused) in view of the fact . . .

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