Force, Drive, Desire: A Philosophy of Psychoanalysis

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Northwestern University Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 1.0 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

RUDOLF BERNET is a professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Leuven in Belgium and former director of the Husserl Archives. He is the editor of Edmund Husserl's Texte zur Phänomenologie des inneren Zeitbewusstseins (The Phenomenology of Internal Time-Consciousness) and Die Bernauer Manuskripte über das Zeitbewusstsein (The Bernau Manuscripts on Time-Consciousness), the coauthor of An Introduction to Husserlian Phenomenology, and the author of La vie du sujet: Recherches sur l'interprétation de Husserl dans la phénoménologie (The Life of the Subject: Investigations on the Interpretation of Husserl in Phenomenology) and Conscience et existence: Perspectives phénoménologiques (Consciousness and Existence: Phenomenological Perspectives).


"Rudolf Bernet's Force, Drive, Desire is a highly welcome contribution to contemporary philosophy. Bernet offers an impressive, multifaceted account of the fundamental forces that move human beings, individually and collectively. This is crucial not just to phenomenology and psychoanalysis but also to political philosophy, ontology, and metaphysics." --Sara Heinämaa, author of Toward a Phenomenology of Sexual Difference

"Clear and erudite, challenging and exciting, this work is a literal tour de force. The aim of Rudolf Bernet's Force, Drive, Desire is nothing less than a renewal of both philosophy and psychoanalysis by way of a powerful reconstruction of the concepts of drive and desire as fundamental to each." --James Dodd, author of Phenomenology, Architecture, and the Built World

"This unique book is sure to be a classic. Bernet's masterful study unearths remarkably deep connections between psychoanalytic concepts of drive and desire, and philosophical problems of force, movement, agency, negativity and passivity, offering extraordinary insights into what drives us in our relations to each other and nature." --David Morris, author of Merleau-Ponty's Developmental Ontology