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Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical

Volume 42, Issue 4, October 2016

Allen R. Dyer
Pages 23-33
DOI: 10.5840/traddisc201642430

Madness as Metaphor: Therapeutic Implications of Post-Critical Thought

Poteat often spoke of our modern predicament as “madness.” His use of this term was not strictly technical, but he meant it most emphatically. Modern thought created an alienation of self from lived-through experience, which had to be recovered through careful examination of the assumptions of the regnant culture. Polanyi and the post critical enterprise offered a perspective and certain tools for this recovery of self, which may properly be understood to be “therapeutic” both in the metaphorical sense and with the understandings that might be offered by the psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

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