Academic journal article Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies

Three: Psycho-Ontology: Introduction

Academic journal article Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies

Three: Psycho-Ontology: Introduction

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Introduction

The first part of this book treated Heidegger's critique of the notion of the subject in the western tradition, demonstrating how this notion led to a systematic concealment of the phenomenon of temporality. Throughout the second part, we criticized the notion of linear time implicit in Freud's method, showing that the Freudian subject is a presupposed axiom which serves as the underlying condition enabling the psychoanalytic worldview. In light of the conclusions derived from our critique of Freud's notion of time, I would like to examine, throughout the third part of the book, the reformulation of the psychoanalytic method as we replace the meta-psychological assumption which sees consciousness as the product of neuro-biological processes with the ontological understanding which construes consciousness as resulting from temporal structures. More specifically, I would like to investigate the manner in which the key concepts of psychoanalysis may be reformulated in light of the phenomenon of duration, as a manifestation of the temporality embedded in our very being, rather than derived from processes positioned along a linear timeline; to rethink the cardinal psychoanalytic concepts we have discussed in light of the alternative provided by Heidegger's Temporality. …

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