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Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical

Volume 42, Issue 4, October 2016

Robert P. Hyatt
Pages 11-22
DOI: 10.5840/traddisc201642429

Poteat and Psychoanalyis

In this essay I will argue that Poteat clears post-critical ground for the discoveries of Freud the “humanist,” the practice of psychoanalysis, and for the legitimacy of Freudian psychological reflections on human development. I maintain that Poteat considered Freud to be a great genius, dimensions of whose work illuminate the human condition in a most profound way. Freud was a fascinating subject for Poteat because he exemplified many of the philosophical commitments of the Enlightenment that Poteat meant to critique. Further, I argue that several contemporary psychoanalytic theorists are allies in Poteat’s battle against the philosophically corrosive effects of Cartesiansism.

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