Psychoanalysis, Ideology, Epistemology

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Imbasciati, Antonio - Longhin, Luigi

This book is a group study work about the possibility that psychoanalysis and epistemology can reveal ideologies in social and political institutions. An ideology can infiltrate into science too and scientific literature. Many contributions try to analyze violence and how it may be concealed in social media and istitutions, and may explode in the long term. An essay questions if any ideology may be contained in psychoanalysis too. Some chapters outline the psychoanaliytc Institution resistence to openly express that the origin and the functioning of the mind cannot be explained today by Freud’s energy-drive theory: his Metapsychology has not even consilience today with neuroscience and psychoanalytic clinical practice even. From contemporary psychoanalytic clinical practices and from neuroscience a new metapsychology can be formulated, as described in this book.
Psychoanlytic Organizations have a religious reverence for Freud’s whole work. Nothing of it must be denied, not even those parts in which Freud hypothized an explication of the functioning of the mind in terms of the science of his time. This ideologic spirit makes a confusion between old theories and new ones, between current clinical descriptions and an attempt to explainig them by the old energy-drive theory, that is a confusion between the description of intrapschic subjective processes and an external objective explication of what happens in its correspondent functioning in the mind. Thus in contemporary psychoanalytic literature we find a number of concepts and theories, sometimes contrasting and even contradicting one another. A bad social image of psychoanalysis is rising today. A correct epistemology can reveal confusions and contradictions and a concealed ideology.