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The Psychoanalysis of Science: The Role of Metaphor, Paraprax, Lacunae and Myth Hardcover – July 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1845190705 ISBN-10: 184519070X

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“Stein’s book, in the stream of a tradition that is almost lost today, i.e. that of Gaston Bachelard, Louis Althusser and very few others, confronts an extremely interesting challenge: that of analyzing the impact of Freudian unconscious on the scientific creativity processes and on the scientific discourse. As the author himself remarks, this work could be only completed through an interdisciplinary research. In order to do so he takes into consideration an exhaustive psychoanalytical and epistemological bibliography. The result is a very original and coherent proposal.”  —Jorge Canestri, University of Rome, co-author, The Babel of the Unconscious: Mother Tongue and Foreign Languages in the Psychoanalytic Dimension

“While psychoanalysis analyzes cultural phenomena, the psychoanalysis of science remains a lacuna. In this outstanding study, Yehoyakim Stein paves an innovative path to exploring scientific development, demonstrating it on the psychoanalytic discipline. He sheds new light on hidden motives, loyalty conflicts and unconscious anxieties which cause stagnation and blind spots in psychoanalysis, and demonstrates these motives on the body image, trauma, drive theory and the place of the logos in psychoanalysis.”  —Dr. Werner Bohleber, German Psychoanalytic Journal Psyche

About the Author

Yehoyakim Stein is a practising psychiatrist/psycho-analyst and a teaching analyst and research fellow of the Freud Center, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He is the author of "Some Reflections on the Inner Space of the Body", in Psychoanalytic Studies of the Child (Yale University Press); and most recently, The Flutist From Vienna: On Personal Responsibility (Keter Press, Jerusalem).

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