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Atwood, G.E. Stolorow, R.D. Orange, D.M. (2011). The Madness and Genius of Post-Cartesian Philosophy: A Distant Mirror. Psychoanal. Rev., 98(3):263-285.

(2011). Psychoanalytic Review, 98(3):263-285

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The Madness and Genius of Post-Cartesian Philosophy: A Distant Mirror

George E. Atwood, Ph.D., Robert D. Stolorow, Ph.D. and Donna M. Orange

Over the course of some 35 years, our work has been centrally devoted to liberating psychoanalytic theory and practice from various forms of Cartesian, isolated-mind thinking en route to a post-Cartesian psychoanalytic perspective. We would characterize the essence of a post-Cartesian psychoanalytic framework as its being a phenomenological contextualism (Stolorow, Atwood, & Orange, 2002). It is phenomenological in that it investigates and illuminates organizations or worlds of emotional experience. It is contextual in that it holds that such organizations of emotional experience take form, both developmentally and in the psychoanalytic situation, in constitutive relational or intersubjective contexts.

If the task of a post-Cartesian psychoanalysis is understood as one of exploring the patterns of emotional experience that organize subjective life, one can recognize that this task is pursued within a framework of delimiting assumptions concerning the ontology of the person. In this paper, we discuss these assumptions as they have emerged in the thinking of four major philosophers on whom we have drawn: Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Martin Heidegger. Our purpose in what follows is to describe essential ideas of these various thinkers and to identify the formative personal contexts within which their key insights into human life took form.

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