Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and the A-Rational Mind provides a powerful re-appraisal of psychoanalysis and the role it can play in helping us understand human nature. It explores basic psychological phenomena- beliefs, desires, phantasies, wishes - examining a range of fascinating case histories, and explaining their significance.
PART I - GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS; 1. Introduction; 2. Just what sort of a theory is psychoanalytic theory?; PART II - EPISTEMOLOGICAL ISSUES; 3. Did Kant precede Freud on a-rational thought?; 4. Why primary process is hard to know; PART III - SOMETHING NEW FOR THE PHILOSOPHY OF MIND; 5. Representational a-rational thinking: a proper function account for phantasy and wish; PART IV - A PHILOSOPHY OF ACTION VIEW OF PSYCHOANALYSIS; 6. Drive theory and primary process; 7. Phantasies, neurotic beliefs, and beliefs-proper; 8. Desire and the readiness to act; PART V - SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS; 9. Compare and contrast; 10. Summary and conclusions