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Freud and Philosophy of Mind, Volume 1

Reconstructing the Argument for Unconscious Mental States

Authors: Wakefield, Jerome C.

  • Argues that Freud is a major figure in the history of philosophy of mind
  • Discusses how Freud’s unconscious mental states are the “missing link” intellectually between the consciousness-oriented views of the nineteenth century and today’s focus on meaning 
  • Continues the search for the nature of the hypothesized unconscious representational brain states that we have yet to complete 
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This book consists of a focused and systematic analysis of Freud’s implicit argument for unconscious mental states. The author employs the unique approach of applying contemporary philosophical methods, especially Kripke-Putnam essentialism, in analyzing Freud’s argument. The book elaborates how Freud transformed the intentionality theory of his Cartesian teacher Franz Brentano into what is essentially a sophisticated modern view of the mind. Indeed, Freud redirected Brentano's analysis of consciousness as intentionality into a view of consciousness-independent intentionalism about the mental that in effect set the agenda for latter-twentieth-century philosophy of mind. 

About the authors

Jerome C. Wakefield, PhD (Philosophy), DSW (Clinical Social Work), M.A. (Mathematics: Logic and Methodology of Science) is University Professor, Professor of Social Work, Professor of the Conceptual Foundations of Psychiatry, Associate Faculty in the Center for Bioethics and in the Center for Ancient Studies, and Honorary Faculty at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, at New York University. Previous faculty appointments were at University of Chicago, Columbia University, and Rutgers University. He is the author of over 250 publications appearing in journals and books in psychology, philosophy, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and social work, addressing issues at the intersection of philosophy and the mental health professions. He is Co-author of The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow into Depressive Disorder(2007, Oxford), named best psychology book of 2007 by the Association of Professional and Scholarly Publishers,and All We Have to Fear: How Psychiatry Transforms Natural Fear into Mental Disorder(2012, Oxford), as well as Co-editor of Sadness or Depression?: International Perspectives on the Depression Epidemic and its Meaning(Springer, 2016). In addition to Volume 2 of the Freud and Philosophy of Mind series, he is currently working on a book reexamining Freud’s case of Little Hans from philosophy-of-science and Foucaultian perspectives, to be published by Routledge. 

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: Should Freud be Taken Seriously as a Philosopher of Mind?

    Wakefield, Jerome C.

    Pages 1-14

  • Freud and the Transformations of Psychology and Philosophy of Mind

    Wakefield, Jerome C.

    Pages 15-55

  • “Unconscious” as “Mental and Not Conscious”: Why Repression, the Dynamic Unconscious, and Psychopathology Are Irrelevant to Freud’s Philosophical Argument

    Wakefield, Jerome C.

    Pages 57-103

  • The Semantic Objection to Freud’s Thesis

    Wakefield, Jerome C.

    Pages 105-128

  • Freud’s Response to the Semantic Objection: Concepts, Essentialism, and the Definition of “Mental”

    Wakefield, Jerome C.

    Pages 129-164

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-96343-3
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-96342-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Freud and Philosophy of Mind, Volume 1
Book Subtitle
Reconstructing the Argument for Unconscious Mental States
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96343-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96343-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96342-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 382
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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