Erschienen: 27.06.2006 Abbildung von Bormuth | Life Conduct in Modern Times | 1. Auflage | 2006 | 89 |


Life Conduct in Modern Times

Karl Jaspers and Psychoanalysis

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Buch. Hardcover


xii, 168 S. Bibliographien

In englischer Sprache

Springer. ISBN 978-1-4020-4764-0

Format (B x L): 21 x 29,7 cm

Gewicht: 990 g

Das Werk ist Teil der Reihe: Philosophy and Medicine; 89


The German version of this book received the main award in 2001 of the prestigious Stehr-Boldt-Fonds of the University of Zürich for scientific research combining questions of medical ethics with social interest. This award-winning book investigates the critique of psychoanalysis formulated by the psychiatrist and philosopher Karl Jaspers (1883-1969) over a period of five decades. His arguments against Freud and his followers are examined from systematic perspectives. The study traces the medico-historical roots of Jasper’s criticism of psychoanalysis and then places it within the framework of scientific theory before devoting itself extensively to medico-ethical aspects of the controversy, which are ultimately treated in terms of a history of mentalities. According to this view, Jasper’s student Hannah Arendt saw to it that the philosopher be made aware of the socio-cultural impact which psychoanalysis was beginning to have in the U.S.A. The philosopher came to look upon psychoanalysis as a theory – in particular as it was propagated after 1945 in Germany and the U.S. – whose claim to scientific objectivity constituted a serious threat to the freedom of the individual. Max Weber’s theory of science and his concept of modernity serve as a critical guide for the interpretation. Thus the normative premise of the investigation is the liberal idea that in a secular and pluralistic society it is ultimately the individual who is to take responsibility for life conduct.

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