'It has been a commonplace for many decades that Freud changed our conception of the human mind. Few writers and very few philosophers have tried to to tell us what this change amounts to. Sebastian Gardner's book is the most remarkable attempt I know to put this right.' Richard Wollheim
Reconstructing the theories of Freud and Klein, Sebastian Gardner argues that psychoanalytic theory explains the nature of irrationality, and is an extension of everyday psychological explanation. He advances a view of the unconscious as a source of inherently irrational desires seeking expression through wish-fulfilment and phantasy.