Wisdom Won from Illness: Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

2017.06.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jonathan Lear, Wisdom Won from Illness: Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, Harvard University Press, 2017, 328pp., $39.95
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2017.06.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jonathan Lear, Wisdom Won from Illness: Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, Harvard University Press, 2017, 328pp., $39.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780674967847. Reviewed by Brian O'Connor, University College Dublin Jonathan Lear writes about a diverse range of topics with a steady mix of persuasion and provocation. The book, made up of previously published papers, includes chapters on issues in psychoanalysis, the interpretation of Plato, contemporary literature (J. M. Coetzee, Marilynne Robinson), and one on As You Like It. Among the psychoanalytic parts is a consideration of the significance of Aristotelian moral psychology in framing the objectives of the therapeutic process. (Lear defends himself from the charge of anachronism with brio.) There is also an ingenious reading of Freud's maddening Rat Man case. Lear occasionally illustrates his theoretical claims through notes from his own clinical practice. To. . .

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