“Davis takes the historical strains between determinism and agency, content and process, inwardness and the external (or historical contingency and processsual immediacy) into dynamic, rupturing explorations of categories which provoke the reader’s analytic process. His writing is elegant and energetic, saturated with stress, the heady rush of analysis, and the challenges of hard work.”—Leighton Brooks McCutcheon, Journal of Mind and Behavior
“Praiseworthy because it grapples with the fundamental assumptions of these competing traditions, and does so with clarity and conviction.”—David M. Thompson, Philosophy and Literature
“This is . . . an enormously ambitious project, both for the mastery of diverse traditions and perspectives it requires, and for the philosophical acuity and imagination it presupposes. . . . Davis’s work has an original and important contribution to make . . . to the intellectual situation of our time.”—Jerrold Seigel, author of The Idea of the Self
About the Author
Walter A. (Mac) Davis is professor emeritus of English at Ohio State University. He is the author of Get the Guests: Psychoanalysis, Modern American Drama, and the Audience, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press, and Death's Dream Kingdom: The American Psyche Since 9/11.