The Subject of Action

Phenomenology and Psychotherapy
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 7)


This park in Paris was raised for several hours last summer to the metaphysical dimensions of the Garden of the Academy. It was there that I heard Dieter Wyss examine being and becoming in an attempt to discover what it is that makes the psychotherapeutic act possible. This act, so widely used, obliges us to raise the question of the nature of man, the trajectory of whose existence we are attempting to correct. To what idea of man, of the subject, of the ego, of the existent does our own action bring us up against, if not in the sense of an ontology of the subject which is “dynamic” enough to ground his lost direction and his recovered time, that is, the possibility for any change within his existence.


Pure Consciousness Husserlian Phenomenology Cartesian Meditation Existentialist Analysis Dynamic Psychology 
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  1. 1.
    Dieter Wyss, Beziehung und Gestalt (Gottingen, 1973), pp. 223–260.Google Scholar
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    The notions of schema, of attitude, of Gestalt, of Einstellung, of set (or in the Soviet psychology of the contemporary Georgian school, of ustanovska), indicate this sense given, which is demanded of the foundations of a dynamic psychology.Google Scholar
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    Cf. Henri Ey, La Conscience (Paris: Presses Universitaries de France, 2nd. edition, 1968; English translation by John H. Flodstrom (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978), Part One, Chapter 2 and Part Three, Chapter 2. Also cf. L’Inconscient: Colloque de Bonneval, 1960, edited by Henri Ey (Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, 1966), especially the articles by G. Lantéri-Laura, Alphonse de Waehlens and Paul Ricoeur.Google Scholar
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    This problem of organization encompasses that of the relations between the foundation of thought and the brain. I have dealt with this subject in La Conscience (1964), Traité des Hallucinations (1973), and Des idées de Hughlings Jackson à un modèle organo-dynamique en Psychiatrie (1975).Google Scholar

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