Apophasis and psychoanalysis

Henderson, David (2014) Apophasis and psychoanalysis. In: Mystical Theology and Continental Philosophy, 11-13 Jul 2014, Liverpool, UK. . [Conference or Workshop Item]


The problem of unknowing is central to the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. This paper argues that psychoanalysis is a contemporary site of apophatic discourse. Pseudo- Dionysius observed that: ‘If one considers these texts with a reverent eye one will see something that brings about unity and manifests a single empathy.’ By casting a ‘reverent eye’ on psychoanalysis we can see that psychoanalytic theory and practice are saturated with apophatic manoeuvres. The intuition of apophasis at work in each of the traditions of psychoanalysis (Freudian, Jungian, Kleinian, Lacanian, Existential, etc.) accounts for their family resemblance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Event held at Liverpool Hope University.
Keywords (uncontrolled): psychoanalysis, apophasis, apophatic, unknowing, learned ignorance, Jung, Deleuze, Derrida
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Centre for Psychoanalysis
Item ID: 13720
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Depositing User: David Henderson
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2014 09:44
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:31
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/13720

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