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date: 07 August 2020

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Medard Boss’s extensive medical education in Zürich, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, and London was crowned with his lifelong friendship with Freud and Heidegger. He admired Freud’s praxis of psychotherapy but opposed his ‘scientistic’ metapsychology. After his service as a military doctor he got to know the Swiss psychiatrist L. Binswanger who acquainted him with Heidegger’s greatest work Sein und Zeist(1927). After the war, Boss himself met Heidegger who introduced him to the human, time-and death bound Da-sein, to his critique of Western metaphysics as ‘Oblivion of Being’ and to his new quest for the revealing-concealing mystery of Beings as disclosive Ereignis. Consequently Boss’ own Daseins-Analysis, inspired and supervised by Heidegger, transformed Freud’s metapsychology of the unconscious and the interpretation of dreams into an entirely new approach to medicine and psychotherapy. Unfortunately, the revolutionary theory of the unconscious as a unique language by the French philosopher J. Lacan. Could not anymore integrated into Boss’ work. Other influences upon Boss have been C.G. Jung, J.P. Satre, K. Jaspers, M. Merleau-Ponty, E. Umkourski, W. Blankenburg, H. Plugge, and H. Hellenbach.

Keywords: Sein und Zeist, Dasein, Ereignis, Being, metaphysics, language, Lacan, dreams, metapsychology, Daseins-Analysis

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