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James and Wittgenstein  

Anna Boncompagni

According to a common reading in the Wittgensteinian literature, William James’s writings, especially the psychological ones, were for the Viennese philosopher a paradigmatic example of ... More

Love and Religion  

John Cottingham

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Apr 2017
In the Judeo-Christian tradition that has shaped much of Western thought, we find an insistence on love as a requirement. Many points of philosophical interest arise from this injunction to ... More

Love and the Rationality of Grief  

Dan Moller

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Apr 2017
Most people exhibit resilience in the face of losing those they love most. Three views have been put forward concerning this pattern. First is the conventional view that this response gets ... More

The No-Thing of God: Psychoanalysis of Religion After Lacan  

Richard Boothby

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Feb 2019
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Nov 2018
This chapter traces some main lines of Jacques Lacan’s interpretation of religion and divinity, which differs significantly from Freud’s critique. Orienting ourselves with respect to what ... More

Psychoanalysis and Religion  

John Cottingham

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Feb 2019
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Nov 2018
Acknowledging the layers of the mind below the level of overt consciousness can lead to very divergent accounts of religious belief. One response—taken by Freud himself—argues that ... More

Psychoanalytic Thinking on Religious Truth and Conviction  

Rachel B. Blass

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Feb 2019
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Nov 2018
While Freudian psychoanalysis is famous for its negative evaluation of religion, many contemporary analytic schools reject this view, regarding religion positively. Interestingly, both ... More

Religion: Introduction  

Michael Lacewing and Richard G.T. Gipps

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Feb 2019
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Nov 2018
This introduction provides an overview of the chapters in this section, which explores some of the important contributions of psychoanalysis to our understanding of religion, with ... More

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