Across the array of topics explored in this comprehensive volume, philosopher and psychoanalyst Jon Mills argues for a fundamental return to the question and meaning of existence. Drawing on the traditions of German Idealism, existentialism, and onto-phenomenology, he offers a rich tapestry of insight and critique into the foundations of psyche, human nature, and society.

As a philosophy of mind and culture, psychoanalysis offers us a promising perspective to reengage our being in the world in meaningful ways that illuminate human existence, the mysteriousness of unconscious processes, our relation to transcendence, ethical obligations towards social collectives, and the wonder of logos for our present-day consciousness. After examining the unconscious origins of psychic reality and the contradictory nature of our internal lives, Mills examines the scope of existentialism from antiquity to postmodernism, the question of authenticity, paranoiac epistemology, the essence of evil, dysrecognition and social pathology, belief in God, myth, the ideologies of science, hermeneutics, truth, freedom and determinism, and the fate of civilization in relation to the pervasive forces that threaten our existence.

Psyche, Culture, World will be of interest to philosophers, psychoanalysts, psychologists, academics, and students in the arts and humanities, cultural studies, anthropology, myth, psychology of religion, and psychotherapy.

chapter 1|43 pages

On the Origins of Psychic Reality

chapter 2|13 pages

Psyche as Inner Contradiction

chapter 5|38 pages

Lacan on Paranoiac Knowledge

chapter 6|38 pages

The Essence of Evil

chapter 7|25 pages

Recognition and Pathos

chapter 8|36 pages

God: The Invention of an Idea

chapter 9|23 pages

Towards a Theory of Myth

chapter 11|34 pages

Psychoanalysis and the Ideologies of Science

chapter 12|30 pages


chapter 13|27 pages

Freedom and Determinism

chapter 14|42 pages

Civilization and its Fate