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The Philosophy of PsychiatryA Companion$
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Jennifer Radden

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149531

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149531.001.0001

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Psychoanalytic Models

Psychoanalytic Models

Freud's Debt to Philosophy and His Copernican Revolution

The Philosophy of Psychiatry
Jennifer Radden
Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes Freud's debt to, and impact on, philosophy. It begins by distinguishing between the many influences on the young Freud and the formal debt he owed to transcendental philosophy. It then examines two important ways in which Freud challenged Kant's epistemology: the first in terms of the explanatory and diagnostic resources of Freud's model of the mind; the second in light of Freud's contribution to the structure of mental temporality. Finally, it turns to his case of male hysteria to argue that, while owing philosophy a complicated and unacknowledged debt, Freud delivered a blow to the Aristotelian-Kantian conception of affectivity and passions. By psychologizing hysteria, Freud made it impossible to hold to simple divisions of the passions into educable versus ineducable, masculine versus feminine ones—or even to argue that affectivity should be reduced to physiological events and changes in the body.

Keywords:   psychoanalysis, Kant, affectivity, passions, hysterics, transcendental philosophy

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