Life Conduct in Modern Times

Life Conduct in Modern Times

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The German version of this book received the main award in 2001 of the prestigious Stehr-Boldt-Fonds of the University of ZA¼rich for scientific research combining questions of medical ethics with social interest. This award-winning book investigates the critique of psychoanalysis formulated by the psychiatrist and philosopher Karl Jaspers (1883-1969) over a period of five decades. His arguments against Freud and his followers are examined from systematic perspectives. The study traces the medico-historical roots of Jasper's criticism of psychoanalysis and then places it within the framework of scientific theory before devoting itself extensively to medico-ethical aspects of the controversy, which are ultimately treated in terms of a history of mentalities. According to this view, Jasper's student Hannah Arendt saw to it that the philosopher be made aware of the socio-cultural impact which psychoanalysis was beginning to have in the U.S.A. The philosopher came to look upon psychoanalysis as a theory a€“ in particular as it was propagated after 1945 in Germany and the U.S. a€“ whose claim to scientific objectivity constituted a serious threat to the freedom of the individual. Max Weber's theory of science and his concept of modernity serve as a critical guide for the interpretation. Thus the normative premise of the investigation is the liberal idea that in a secular and pluralistic society it is ultimately the individual who is to take responsibility for life conduct.psychoanalysis which Jaspers in part took note of.389 Despite the many similar thoughts on these issues, ... eine Weltanschauung).390 MAX WEBERa#39;S a#39; DOCTRINE OF SCIENCEa#39; a#39;Value-Freea#39; Science in Modern Times According to Weber, the ... is relatively free to let his special research interests guide his perspective within the complex network of factors which ... the topic was for the psychiatric discussion in Heidelberg, there were surely forums for taking up discussion with Weber.

Title:Life Conduct in Modern Times
Author: Matthias Bormuth
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2006-07-16

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