Wittgenstein on Freud and Frazer
By (author) Frank Cioffi
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Wittgenstein on Freud and Frazer by Frank Cioffi
Book DescriptionWhat is it that troubles and preoccupies us about the anxieties and anguishes of social and private life? Have advances in the disciplines of psychoanalysis, psychology or the social sciences in general ministered to our needs in these areas? In this forcefully argued collection of essays, Frank Cioffi examines Wittgenstein's reflections on the comparative claims of clarification and empirical enquiry. Though writing out of admiration and indebtedness, he expresses reservations as to the limits Wittgenstein places on the relevance and desirability of empirical knowledge. His discusssions extend from Wittgenstein's reflections on human sacrifice and other ritual practices dealt with by Frazer to Freud's account of the sources of anxiety, depression, dreams and laughter. He asks both whether it is empirical investigation or more lucid reflection that these phenomena demand, and what kind of question this itself is.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521626248
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Frank Cioffi
Freud and the Question of Pseudoscience, Paperback (January 1999)
In the 1970s, Cioffi demonstrated that Freud falsified the account of his discovery of the Oedipus complex. As a result, the scientific legitimacy of psychoanalysis has been highly contested. This text presents nine essays that highlight the ongoing controversy and add insight into current debates.
Wittgenstein on Freud and Frazer, Hardback (July 1998)
These essays examine Wittgenstein's reflections on the comparative claims of clarification and empirical enquiry.
Explanation Behavioural Sciences, Paperback (May 1975)» View all books by Frank Cioffi
A confrontation of views written by distinguished figures concerned with the behavioural and social sciences.
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