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- DescriptionRequiem for the Ego recounts Freud's last great attempt to 'save' the automy of the ego, which drew philosophical criticism from the most prominent philosophers of the period-Ador, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein. Despite their divergent orientations, each contested the ego's capacity to represent mental states through word and symbol to an agent surveying its own cognizance. By discarding the subject-object divide as a model of the mind, they dethroned Freud's depiction of the ego as a conceit of a misleading self-consciousness and a faulty metaphysics. Freud's inquisitors, while employing divergent arguments, found unackwledged consensus in identifying the core philosophical challenges of defining agency and describing subjectivity. In Requiem, Tauber uniquely synthesizes these philosophical attacks against psychoanalysis and, more generally, provides a kaleidoscopic portrait of the major developments in mid-20th century philosophy that prepared the conceptual grounding for postmodernism.
- Author BiographyAlfred I. Tauber is Zoltan Kohn Professor of Medicine, emeritus, and Professor of Philosophy, emeritus, at Boston University. He is the author of several books, most recently Freud, the Reluctant Philosopher (2010).
- Author(s)Alfred I. Tauber
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication18/09/2013
- SubjectPsychology: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Weight567 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine23 mm
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