‘Descartes/Lacan’ by Alain Badiou

[The cogito], as a moment, is the aftermath (défilé) of a rejection (rejét) of all knowledge, but it nevertheless claimed to establish for the subject a certain anchoring in being. — Jacques Lacan, “La science et la vérite” It can never be sufficiently emphasized that the Lacanian watchword of a return to Freud is originally coupledContinue reading “‘Descartes/Lacan’ by Alain Badiou”

‘A Brief Introduction To Psychoanalytic Theory’ by Stephen Frosh

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) Psychoanalytic theory remains hugely influential to our understanding of the mind and human behaviour. It provides a rich source of ideas for therapeutic practice, while offering dramatic insights for the study of culture and society. This comprehensive review of the field: Explores the birth of psychoanalysis, taking the reader step by stepContinue reading “‘A Brief Introduction To Psychoanalytic Theory’ by Stephen Frosh”

‘Memoirs of My Nervous Illness’ by Daniel Paul Schreber

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) In 1884, the distinguished German jurist Daniel Paul Schreber suffered the first of a series of mental collapses that would afflict him for the rest of his life. In his madness, the world was revealed to him as an enormous architecture of nerves, dominated by a predatory God. It became clear to Schreber thatContinue reading “‘Memoirs of My Nervous Illness’ by Daniel Paul Schreber”

‘My Own Private Germany: Daniel Paul Schreber’s Secret History of Modernity’ by Eric L. Santner

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) In November 1893, Daniel Paul Schreber, recently named presiding judge of the Saxon Supreme Court, was on the verge of a psychotic breakdown and entered a Leipzig psychiatric clinic. He would spend the rest of the nineteenth century in mental institutions. Once released, he published his Memoirs of My Nervous Illness (1903), a harrowing account ofContinue reading “‘My Own Private Germany: Daniel Paul Schreber’s Secret History of Modernity’ by Eric L. Santner”

Reading Capital: The Complete Edition

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) Thirty years ago today marks the death of the French Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser (1918–1990). Originally published in 1965, Reading Capital is a landmark of French thought and radical theory, reconstructing Western Marxism from its foundations. Althusser maintained that Marx’s project could only be revived if its scientific and revolutionary novelty wasContinue reading “Reading Capital: The Complete Edition”

‘Freud and Philosophy: An Essay on Interpretation’ by Paul Ricœur

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Freud and Philosophy: An Essay on Interpretation (French: De l’interprétation. Essai sur Sigmund Freud) is a 1965 book about Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, by the French philosopher Paul Ricœur. In Freud and Philosophy, Ricœur interprets Freud’s work in terms of hermeneutics, the theory of the rules that govern the interpretation of a particular text, and discusses phenomenology, a school ofContinue reading “‘Freud and Philosophy: An Essay on Interpretation’ by Paul Ricœur”

‘The Ordeal of Civility : Freud, Marx, Levi-Strauss & the Jewish Struggle with Modernity’ by John Murray Cuddihy

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Suggests that the analytical ideologies developed by Freud, Marx, and Levi-Strauss were direct rebellions against the culture and demands of a Gentile-dominated Europe. National Book Award finalist (Philosophy), 1975.

Freud and Beyond: A History of Modern Psychoanalytic Thought

DOWNLOAD(2x .epub – 1996 & 2016 editions) Freud’s concepts have become a part of our psychological vocabulary: unconscious thoughts and feelings, conflict, the meaning of dreams, the sensuality of childhood. But psychoanalytic thinking has undergone an enormous expansion and transformation over the past fifty years. With Freud and Beyond, Stephen A. Mitchell and Margaret J.Continue reading “Freud and Beyond: A History of Modern Psychoanalytic Thought”

‘Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow and the Feeling Brain’ by Antonio Damasio

DOWNLOAD(.epub & .pdf) Joy, sorrow, jealousy, and awe—these and other feelings are the stuff of our daily lives. In the seventeenth century, the philosopher Spinoza devoted much of his life’s work examining how these emotions supported human survival, yet hundreds of years later the biological roots of what we feel remain a mystery. Leading neuroscientistContinue reading “‘Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow and the Feeling Brain’ by Antonio Damasio”