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- DescriptionRelational psychoanalysis and modern Jewish philosophy have much to say about the dynamics of human relationships, but there has been detailed, thorough, and constructive examination that brings together these two incisive discourses. Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Modern Jewish Philosophy: Two Languages of Love explores the critical similarities and differences between the two disciplines, casting new light on both the analytic and philosophical understandings of how relationships develop, flourish, and fail. For psychoanalysts such as Hans Loewald, Stephen Mitchell, and Jessica Benjamin, love is seen as a fundamental life force, a key to human motivation, and the transformative core of Freud's therapeutic talking cure. The Jewish philosophers Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, and Emmanuel Levinas envision love as having both a human and divine dimension, expressed through the dual commandments to love God and the neighbor. The two languages are brought to life through chapters that investigate: the relationship between self-love and love of the other, the dynamics of intersubjectivity, the methods and possibilities of human transformation, the magical powers of language, the goal of achieving a meaningful life, the significance of responsibility for others, and the challenge that death poses to life's fullness. This multidisciplinary study, drawing on psychology, philosophy, religion, and feminism, provides an important contribution to contemporary scientific and humanistic interest in the social and relational dimensions of human living. The book will appeal especially to clinicians, theorists, and scholars of psychoanalysis, philosophy of religion, and Jewish studies as well as advanced students studying in these fields.
- Author BiographyMichael Oppenheim is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Religion at Concordia University, Montreal. His books include Speaking/Writing of God (1997), Jewish Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (2006), and Encounters of Consequence (2009).
- Author(s)Michael Oppenheim
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication13/10/2016
- SubjectPsychiatry & Clinical Psychology: Professional
- Series TitleRelational Perspectives Book Series
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Weight386 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine13 mm
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