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Negative Psychoanalysis for the Living Dead

Philosophical Pessimism and the Death Drive

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  • Offers a radical alternative to the positive orientation of popular psychology
  • Explores a 'depressive realist' perspective of psychology
  • Investigates the role of negativity and tragedy to the psyche, society, and nature

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Table of contents (8 chapters)


About this book

This book offers a radical alternative to the positive orientation of popular psychology. This positive orientation has been criticized numerous times. However, there has yet to be a coherent alternative proposed. We all know today that life hurts and that there is no ultimate remedy to this pain. The positive approach feels to us as dishonest and irrelevant. We require a new, more negative, perspective and practice, one that is honest and does not pretend to offer an escape from the agonies of the world. This book offers in three main chapters a ‘depressive realist’ perspective that explores the structural role of negativity and tragedy in relation to the individual psyche, society, and nature. It explores the possibility of ‘negative psychoanalysis’ which takes into account the tragedy of human existence instead of adopting escapist positions.

Authors and Affiliations

  • University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

    Julie Reshe

About the author

Julie Reshe is a Ukrainian-born philosopher, a practicing negative psychoanalyst, and a public intellectual. She is currently a visiting professor at University College Cork and University College Dublin. She is also a Director of the Institute of Psychoanalysis at the Global Centre for Advanced Studies.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Negative Psychoanalysis for the Living Dead

  • Book Subtitle: Philosophical Pessimism and the Death Drive

  • Authors: Julie Reshe

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-31200-7Published: 22 June 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-31203-8Due: 23 July 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-31201-4Published: 21 June 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 144

  • Topics: Philosophy of Mind, Psychoanalysis, Social Work, Social Sciences, general

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