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Wisdom Won from Illness: Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (Hardback)
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Wisdom Won from Illness: Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (Hardback)

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Hardback 330 Pages / Published: 06/01/2017
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Can reason absorb the psyche's nonrational elements into a conception of the fully realized human being? Without a good answer to that question, Jonathan Lear says, philosophy is cut from its moorings in human life. He brings into conversation psychoanalysis and moral philosophy, which together form a basis for ethical thought about how to live.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674967847
Number of pages: 330
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 156 x 235 x 25 mm


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Lear offers a brilliant tour of the interpenetrations of moral philosophy and psychoanalysis...Lear has long been recognized as a leading scholar of philosophy and psychoanalytic thought, and Wisdom Won from Illness represents another important contribution to these fields. This is a work of massive philosophical and psychological authority and consistent revelation.--M. Uebel"Choice" (07/01/2017)
Lear takes a subtly radical position in Wisdom Won from Illness, arguing that psychoanalysis is not merely a venture one undertakes in the hope of relieving suffering (of achieving a level of contentment, of escaping symptoms of depression and anxiety), but in the hope of living well. This is one of the poignant qualities of this collection of essays: it asks more of humans than that they be content; it asks that humans not only live happily, but excellently. And it doesn't merely hope for humans to do this, it expects it of them, and shows in clinical vignettes drawn from Lear's private practice that the human need for truth--to understand ourselves and the world in which we live, and to be able to consciously marshal our unconscious life for our own development--is overwhelmingly powerful. Lear, like all great teachers, has the remarkable ability to remind us of this truth, even when this truth has gone out of fashion. Such a grand expectation for human life belongs, traditionally, to philosophy, not to psychoanalysis, but in Lear's hands psychoanalysis is unique in that it can do the healing work of medicine and the enlightening work of philosophy.--Benjamin H. Ogden"Times Literary Supplement" (10/20/2017)

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