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This new edition of Roger Money-Kyrle’s classic work is published together with three of his late papers, ‘Cognitive development’, ‘The aim of psychoanalysis’, and ‘On being a psychoanalyst’. Its intention is to introduce new readers to this key Kleinian thinker, whose influence has been quiet and uncontroversial but deep and formative. The book also includes Donald Meltzer’s discussion of the paper on ‘Cognitive development’.
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Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Theory
Roger Money-Kyrle’s classic work throws light on the construction and distortions of our world-model, on the emergence of thinking and of subjective experience. His interest in the cognitive aspect of instinct (instinctive knowledge) and his exploration of the patient’s inhibitions as a product of his misconceptions has profound theoretical and clinical implications. The richness of Money-Kyrle’s psychoanalytic ideas is enhanced by his capacity to bridge different fields of knowledge such as philosophy, aesthetics, ethics and politics. This new edition includes three of his additional papers and Donald Meltzer’s discussion of the key paper on ‘Cognitive Development’.
Meg Harris Williams
Introduction: On being a psychoanalyst (1977)
Preface to Man’s Picture of His World
1. The nature of the evidence
2. Instinct and evolution
3. Instinct in the child
4. The construction of our world-model
5. Distortions in our world-model
6. Beliefs and evaluations
7. On aesthetics
8. On ethics
9. Morals and the problem of political agreement
10. On avoidable sources of conflict
11. On political philosophies
12. Cognitive development (1968)
13. The aim of psychoanalysis (1971)
Appendix 1: Roger Money-Kyrle
Appendix 2: Does Money-Kyrle’s concept of misconception have any unique descriptive power?
Roger Money-Kyrle (1898–1980) was an influential psychoanalyst particularly noted for his promotion and development of the ideas of Melanie Klein. He was analysed by Ernest Jones, by Freud and later by Klein. Initially his interest in psychoanalysis was stimulated in connection with his work in philosophy, anthropology, and the social sciences generally, but following his analysis with Klein he became a practising analyst and subsequently a training analyst. His papers reflect both his interest in the contributions that psychoanalytic thought could make to understanding social problems, in particular in matters of war and politics, and also his contributions to analytic theory and praxis.
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