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Why Psychoanalysis? (European Perspectives


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Part I. The Depressive Society 1. The Defeat of the Subject 2. The Medications of the Mind Part II. The Great Quarrel Over the Unconscious 3. The Soul Is Not a Thing 5. Frankenstein's Brain Part III. The Future of Psychoanalysis 4. Behavior-Modification Man 6. The "Equinox Letter" 7. Freud Is Dead in America 8. A French Scientism 9. Science and Psychoanalysis 10. Tragic Man 11. Universality, Difference, Exclusion 12. Critique of Psychoanalytic Institutions

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Why do some people still choose psychoanalysis-Freud's so-called talking cure-when numerous medications are available that treat the symptoms of psychic distress so much faster? Roudinesco tackles this difficult question, exploring what she sees as a "depressive society": an epidemic of distress being addressed only by an increasing reliance on prescription drugs.

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Elisabeth Roudinesco is a historian, psychoanalyst, and critic who teaches at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She is the author of twelve other books, including Jacques Lacan (Columbia) and Revolution and Madness: The Lives and Legends of Theroigne de Mericourt.


"A courageous book." - Marc Auge, Le Monde

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