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New Issue: History of the Human Sciences

A new issue of the History of the Human Sciences has just been released online. Included in the issue are articles on Freud, French sociology, and situational realism in Australian psychology. The article titles and abstracts are listed below.

Freud’s dreams of reason: the Kantian structure of psychoanalysis, by Alfred I Tauber of the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University. The abstract reads:

Freud (and later commentators) have failed to explain how the origins of psychoanalytical theory began with a positivist investment without recognizing a dual epistemological commitment: simply, Freud engaged positivism because he believed it generally equated with empiricism, which he valued, and he rejected ‘philosophy’, and, more specifically, Kantianism, because of the associated transcendental qualities of its epistemology. Continue reading

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New Issue: History of Psychiatry

The September 2009 issue of History of Psychiatry has been released online. Included in the issue are six all new articles, as well as a recurrent feature in the journal, “Classic Text,” in which a selection from a classic text in the history of psychiatry is reprinted.

For the September issue, the featured “Classic Text” is a translation of prominent nineteenth century alienist-philosopher Prosper Despine’s 1875 book, De la Folie au point de vue philosophique ou plus spécialement psychologique étudiée chez le malade et chez l’homme en santé.

Among the topics covered in this issue of the journal are Kant’s views on mental disorder, classical Greek conceptions of madness, Foucault’s contribution to the Anti-Oedipus movement, Viktor von Weizsäcker’s medical anthropology, and the work of psychologist James Mark Baldwin as precursor to contemporary Theory of Mind.

Listed below are the contents of this issue of the journal, as well as the abstracts for each article. Continue reading

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Foucault’s Introduction to Kant published

An English translation of Michel Foucault’s introduction to Kant‘s Anthropology from a Pragmatic View has been published. The text was originally a part of Foucault’s 1961 doctoral dissertation.

A thorough review of the publication by Béatrice Han-Pile of the University of Essex can be found on the Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews website here.

As Jeremy Burman brought to the attention of AHP readers in April of 2008 (when he first announced this then-upcoming publication), the translation has had its share of “scandal” attached. The publication, from Semiotext(e) and MIT Press, lists as its translators Roberto Nigro and Kate Briggs. The original English translation of Foucault’s introduction, however, has been claimed by Arianna Bove as part of her own doctoral dissertation and has been available online since 2004.  Bove gives the story of her dealings with Semiotext(e) — and the original proposal to publish the translation only to be dropped as translator when she refused to give her permission following a lack of communication — here.

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Foucault’s Kantian critique

In the latest issue of Philosophy & Social Criticism, 34(4), Christina Hendricks provides an important look back at a major influence on Michel Foucault’s historico-critical oeuvre.

In several lectures, interviews and essays from the early 1980s,Michel Foucault startlingly argues that he is engaged in a kindof critical work that is similar to that of Immanuel Kant. GivenFoucault’s criticisms of Kantian and Enlightenment emphaseson universal truths and values, his declaration that his workis Kantian seems paradoxical. Continue reading

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