André Green attempts the complex task of identifying and examining the key ideas for a contemporary psychoanalytic practice.

This undertaking is motivated both by the need for an outline of the evolution of psychoanalysis since Freud's death, and by the hope of tackling the fragmentation which has led to the current 'crisis of psychoanalysis'.

In three sections covering the theoretical and practical aspects of psychoanalysis, and analysing the current state of the field, André Green provides a stimulating overview of the principal concepts that have guided his work. Subjects covered include:

  • Transference and countertransference
  • Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: modalities and results
  • Language-speech-discourse in psychoanalysis
  • Recognition of the unconscious

This unique contemporary perspective on the psychoanalytic enterprise will fascinate all those with an interest in the problems that face the field and the opportunities for its future development.

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Part One Practice

chapter 1|6 pages

The work of psychoanalysis

chapter 2|7 pages

Therapeutic indications

chapter 3|11 pages

Setting – process – transference

chapter 4|16 pages

Transference and countertransference

part |2 pages

Part Two Theory

chapter 7|14 pages

Freud’s epistemological breaks

chapter 10|22 pages

Space (s) and time

chapter 11|15 pages

Configurations of thirdness

chapter 13|15 pages

The work of the negative

chapter 14|10 pages

Recognition of the unconscious

part |2 pages

Part Three Situating Psychoanalysis at the Dawn of the Third Millennium

chapter 15|22 pages

Philosophical references

chapter 16|29 pages

Scientific knowledge