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Description - Metapsychology and the Foundations of Psychoanalysis by Simon Boag

Metapsychology and the Foundations of Psychoanalysis redresses faults in Freud's original conception to develop a coherent theoretical basis for psychodynamic theory. Simon Boag demonstrates that Freud's much maligned 'metapsychology', once revised, can provide a foundation for evaluating and integrating the plethora of psychodynamic perspectives, by developing a philosophically-informed position that addresses the embodied, interconnected relationship between motivation, cognition and affects.

The book centres upon the major concepts in psychoanalysis, including the notion of unconscious mental processes, wish-fulfilment, fantasy, and repression. Both philosophical considerations and empirical evidence are brought to bear upon these topics, and used to extract the valuable insights from major approaches. As a result, Boag's revised general psychology, which stays true to Freud's intention, addresses psychoanalytic pluralism and shows it is possible to develop a unified account, integrating the insights from attachment theory and object relational approaches and acknowledging the rightful role for neuropsychoanalysis.

Metapsychology and the Foundations of Psychoanalysis will be of interest to psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, philosophers of mind and psychologists, as well as anyone concerned with neuropsychoanalysis or psychoanalysis and attachment theory.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781138926752
ISBN-10: 1138926752
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 164
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Oct-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Simon Boag

Dr Simon Boag is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University. He has published extensively on the topics of psychoanalytic and psychological theory, personality and unconscious processes, and is the author of Freudian repression, the unconscious, and the dynamics of inhibition. He has also co-edited two volumes on the philosophy of psychoanalysis (Philosophy, Science & Psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalysis & Philosophy of Mind).

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