Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 95–99 | Cite as

Psychoanalysis beyond the end of metaphysics: Thinking towards the post-relational

Robin S. BrownRoutledge, New York, NY, 2017, paper, pp. 332, $52.95, ISBN: 978-1138935181
  • Jonathan J. DetrixheEmail author
Book Review

What is metaphysics? For Robin S. Brown in Psychoanalysis Beyond the End of Metaphysics: Thinking Towards the Post-Relational (2017), it is extremely important, but also nothing special, or at least nothing difficult to understand – so don’t let the philosophical term in the title lead you to believe this book is for philosophers only. Brown is comfortable with a range of quotidian synonyms – beliefs, basic assumptions, idealisms, myths, first principles, articles of faith, to name a few – arguing that metaphysics is “implied in all discourse” (p. 35) and that “metaphysical presupposition inevitably plays [a role] in shaping our interactions with others” (p. 18). With metaphysics thusly situated within the everyday, we all become metaphysicians – whether we know it or not.

And therein lies the problem. If metaphysics is the water in which we all mentally swim – naturally, inevitably – why do we so often claim that we are the dry ones and everyone else is all wet? To say that problems...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Long Island UniversityBrooklynUSA

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