BOOKS BY CATEGORY
Your Account
Becoming a Subject
Reflections in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis
Price
Quantity
£35.99
(To see other currencies, click on price)
Paperback / softback
Add to basket  

£63.00
(To see other currencies, click on price)
Add to basket  

£29.99
(To see other currencies, click on price)
PDF
Add to basket  

MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK

Main description:

Marcia Cavell draws on philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the sciences of the mind in a fascinating and original investigation of human subjectivity. A 'subject' is a creature, we may say, who recognizes herself as an 'I', taking in the world from her own subjective perspective; who is an agent, doing things for reasons, sometimes self-reflective, and able to assume responsibility for herself and some of her actions. The idea of a 'subject' points, then, toward an ideal. It asks for
the conditions under which a human infant becomes a subject, and for the sorts of things, like self-deception and massive anxiety, that get in the way.

What sorts of questions are these? Certainly philosophical. They burrow into central issues in moral philosophy: freedom of the will, the 'self', self-knowledge, the relations between reason and passion, between autonomy and self-knowledge, issues that form roughly the second half of the book. They lead also into metaphysics and epistemology: Is subjectivity incompatible with objectivity? Are subjects not also objects in the real world? As such, how are they to be treated? Would it be possible,
in theory, for a creature to become a subject in the absence of relationships with other subjects? But the questions are also practical. In particular they are at the heart of psychoanalysis both as a theory of the mind, and as a therapy which aims at maximizing the ideals of autonomy and
self-knowledge implicit in the very idea of a 'subject'.

One of the guiding premises of Becoming a Subject is that philosophical investigation into the specifically human way of being in the world cannot separate itself from investigations of a more empirical sort. Cavell brings together for the first time reflections in philosophy, findings in neuroscience, studies in infant development, psychoanalytic theory, and clinical vignettes from her own psychoanalytic practice.


PRODUCT DETAILS

ISBN-13: 9780199287093
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP Oxford)
Publication date: January, 2008
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 156.00 x 234.00 x 11.50
Weight: 312g
Availability: Manufactured on demand
Subcategories: Psychiatry
Related books
Publisher recommends

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

Average Rating