Open Minded : Working Out the Logic of the Soul
Freud is discredited, so we do not have to think about the darker strains of unconcious motivation anymore. We know what moves our political leaders, so we don't have to look closely at their thinking either. In fact, the author argues, everywhere we look in contemporary culture, knowingness has taken the place of thought. This book is an assault on that "deadening trend", especially as it affects our deepest attempts to understand the human psyche - in philosophy and psychoanalysis. It explodes the widespread notion that we already know the problems and proper methods in these fields and so no longer need to ask crucial questions about the structure of human subjectivity.
- Hardback | 350 pages
- 165 x 240 x 29.21mm | 620g
- 29 May 1998
- Harvard University Press
- Cambridge, Mass, United States
"Philosopher and psychoanalyst Jonathan Lear Ýbelieves that¨ Freud's work, however flawed, still affords the best map to our layered, often irrational mental landscape. In his new book, "Open Minded," he offers a rousing defense of Freud, discarding the egregious errors like penis envy and castration complex, while reassessing Freud's broader conception of the unconscious as a repository of repressed meaning. 'There's been a tremendous need to trim the sails in the claims of what psychoanalysis can do, ' he admits. But still, 'when we see the irrational behavior of Lewinsky and Clinton and Starr, we want to know not what their serotonin levels were or what evolutionary imperative they were following. We want to know what was going through their minds.' For this, he argues, we still rely on Freud. Without him, after all, a cigar would be just a cigar." -- John Leland and Claudia Kalb "Newsweek"