Founding Psychoanalysis Phenomenologically

Phenomenological Theory of Subjectivity and the Psychoanalytic Experience

  • Dieter Lohmar
  • Jagna Brudzinska

Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 199)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Guy Félix Duportail
    Pages 53-67
  3. Thomas Fuchs
    Pages 69-82
  4. Francesco S. Trincia
    Pages 235-242
  5. Donn Welton, Wolfram Schüffel
    Pages 243-255
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 283-293

About this book


The present anthology seeks to give an overview of the different approaches to establish a relation between phenomenology and psychoanalysis, primarily from the viewpoint of current phenomenological research. Already during the lifetimes of the two disciplines' founders, Edmund Husserl (1859 - 1938) and Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939), phenomenological and phenomenologically inspired authors were advancing psychoanalytic theses. For both traditions, the Second World War presented a painful and devastating disruption of their development and mutual exchange. During the postwar period, phenomenologists, especially in France, revisited psychoanalytic topics. Thus, in the so-called second generation of phenomenology there developed an intensive reception of the psychoanalytic tradition, one that finds its expression even today in current hermeneutic, postmodern and poststructuralist conceptions. But also in more recent phenomenological research we find projects concentrated systematically on psychoanalysis and its theses. In this context, the status of psychoanalysis as a science of human experience is discussed anew, now approached on the ‘first person’ basis of a phenomenological understanding of subjective experience. In such approaches, phenomena like incorporation, phantasy, emotion and the unconscious are discussed afresh. These topics, important for modern phenomenology as well as for psychoanalysis, are examined in the context of the constitution of the human person as well as of our intersubjective world. The analyses are also interdisciplinary, making use of connections with modern medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy. The systematic investigations are enriched by historical analysis and research in the internal development of the disciplines involved. The volume presents recent work of internationally recognized researchers – phenomenologically oriented philosophers, psychoanalysts and psychotherapists – who work in the common field of the two disciplines. The editors hope that this selection will encourage further systematic collaboration between phenomenology and psychoanalysis


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Editors and affiliations

  • Dieter Lohmar
    • 1
  • Jagna Brudzinska
    • 2
  1. 1., PhilosophyHusserl-Archiv der Universität zu KölnCologneGermany
  2. 2., PhilosophyUniversität zu KölnCologneGermany

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