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Jewish Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

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Chapter 1 Jewish Philosophical Narratives of the Interhuman Chapter 2 Psychoanalytic Narratives of Development Chapter 3 Of Gifts Chapter 4 Transference and Transcendence Chapter 5 Luce Irigaray: An/Other Fling with the Philosophers

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Michael Oppenheim is a professor in the Department of Religion at Concordia University.


This work advances the ongoing conversation between psychoanalysis and religion by revealing unexpected convergences between modern Jewish thought and post-Freudian developments in (largely) Anglo-American psychoanalysis. Oppenheim traces the striking similarities between each group's conception of human life as fundamentally formed by, and finding its deepest meaning in, relations with others and/or the Other. From Rosenzweig to Buber to Levinas, and from Melanie Klein to Fairbairn to Erikson and Winnicott-and with a substantial foray into the work of Luce Irigaray-Oppenheim demonstrates that, however differently figured, the 'interhuman' returns again and again as a central concern in all of these authors' narratives of human development, love and transformation. -- Celia Brickman, author of Aboriginal Populations in the Mind: Race and Primitivity in Psychoanalysis

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