The Psychoanalytic Movement: The Cunning of Unreason. Ernest Gellner.

The Psychoanalytic Movement: The Cunning of Unreason

Wiley-Blackwell, January 2003. Trade Paperback. Used - Very Good. Item #236899
ISBN: 0631234136

The Psychoanalytic Movement explains how the language of psychoanalysis became the dominant way in which the middle classes of the industrialized West speak about their emotions.


  • Explains how the language of psychoanalysis became the dominant way for the industrialized West to speak about emotion.
  • Argues that although psychoanalysis offers an incisive picture of human nature, it provides untestable operational definitions and makes unsubstantiated claims concerning its therapeutic efficacy.
  • Includes new foreword by Jose Brunner that expands on the central argument of the book and argues that Gellner and Freud might be seen as kindred spirits.
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