Philosophy and Medicine

Life Conduct in Modern Times

Karl Jaspers and Psychoanalysis

Authors: Bormuth, Matthias

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The German version of this book received the main award in 2001 of the prestigious Stehr-Boldt-Fonds of the University of Zürich for scientific research combining questions of medical ethics with social interest.

This award-winning book investigates the critique of psychoanalysis formulated by the psychiatrist and philosopher Karl Jaspers (1883-1969) over a period of five decades. His arguments against Freud and his followers are examined from systematic perspectives. The study traces the medico-historical roots of Jasper’s criticism of psychoanalysis and then places it within the framework of scientific theory before devoting itself extensively to medico-ethical aspects of the controversy, which are ultimately treated in terms of a history of mentalities. According to this view, Jasper’s student Hannah Arendt saw to it that the philosopher be made aware of the socio-cultural impact which psychoanalysis was beginning to have in the U.S.A. The philosopher came to look upon psychoanalysis as a theory – in particular as it was propagated after 1945 in Germany and the U.S. – whose claim to scientific objectivity constituted a serious threat to the freedom of the individual. Max Weber’s theory of science and his concept of modernity serve as a critical guide for the interpretation. Thus the normative premise of the investigation is the liberal idea that in a secular and pluralistic society it is ultimately the individual who is to take responsibility for life conduct.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Life Conduct in Modern Times
Book Subtitle
Karl Jaspers and Psychoanalysis
Authors
Series Title
Philosophy and Medicine
Series Volume
89
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4765-7
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-4765-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4764-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7188-0
Series ISSN
0376-7418
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 168
Additional Information
Original German edition published by Frommann-Holzboog, 2002
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