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What is it that troubles and preoccupies us about the anxieties and anguishes of social and private life? Have advances in the disciplines of psychoanalysis, psychology or the social sciences in general ministered to our needs in these areas? Frank Cioffi's elegantly argued essays range over Wittgenstein's treatment of Frazer's anthropological accounts of human sacrifice and other ritual practices, and Freud's dealings with dreams, jokes and mental life in general. This volume will be of wide interest to readers in philosophy, psychology and aesthetics.Read more
- Distinctive and astringent approach to some of Wittgenstein's most important writings
- Deals with anthropology and psychoanalysis, from a philosophical point of view
- Cioffi is an elegant and witty writer
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"...Wittgenstein on Freud and Frazer is essential reading for those interested in its topic." Glenn Branch, Metapsychology Bookstore
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- Date Published: July 1998
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521593076
- length: 324 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.65kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Information, contemplation and social life
2. Aesthetic explanation and aesthetic perplexity
3. Wittgenstein and the fire festivals
4. When do empirical methods by-pass the problems which trouble us?
5. Explanation, self-clarification and solace
6. Wittgenstein on making homeopathic magic clear
7. Wittgenstein and obscurantism
8. Wittgenstein on Freud's 'abominable mess'
9. Congenital transcendentalism and 'the loneliness which is the truth about things'
10. Explanation and self-clarification in Frazer
11. Explanation and self-clarification in Freud
12. Conclusion: two cheers for the coroner's report.
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