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An exploration of our unknown self and how we interact in a world of strangers, some of whom we have to depend upon.
Due to be published in February 2021. Take advantage of an extra 5% discount by pre-ordering ahead of publication.
David P. Levine
Paperback, e-Book, Print & e-Book
Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Theory
In this book, David Levine explores the unknown self. The unknown self is the self existing as a potential to become something yet to be determined. The shape our personalities and life experiences take depends on a process. At the outset of this process, the self is, in a sense, a stranger; both to us and to others. The more this is the case, the greater the openness of the process of self-formation to a kind of freedom, which is the freedom from predetermination of its outcome.
In exploring this process, the book considers such topics as: the nature of inner freedom and its relationship to deliberation and choice; stranger anxiety and its connection to group dynamics and social connection; the internal factors that enable us to make the decisions that shape our lives and through our actions realise the ends embedded in our decisions; how our memories shape our choices and the lives we lead that result from them; what makes it possible for us to live comfortably with and depend on people we do not know; concern for the welfare of strangers and how our welfare can be secure in a world where others do not care about us or us about them.
David P. Levine is emeritus professor in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He holds a PhD in economics from Yale University and a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Scholarship from the Colorado Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. He has published extensively in the fields of economics, political economy, and psychoanalysis. In the field of psychoanalysis, he has published books on work, creativity, ethics, and politics., most recently Dark Fantasy: Regressive Movements and the Search for Meaning in Politics and (with Matthew H. Bowker) The Destroyed World and the Guilty Self: A Psychoanalytic Study of Culture and Politics. He currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Part I: Freedom and Memory
3. Containment and Deliberation
4. Tradition, Group Attachment, and Stranger Anxiety
5. Willful Change
6. Recording Memories
Part II: Concern for the Welfare of Others
8. Concern for Others
11. The Need for Strangers
FIRING THE MIND MEMBERS