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Études Ricœuriennes / Ricœur Studies (ERRS) N° 1, 2016
“Ricœur and Psychoanalysis”/ « Ricœur et la psychanalyse »
On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Ricoeur’s work entitled, “Freud and Philosophy: An Essay on Interpretation”, Études Ricœuriennes/Ricœur Studies will devote Vol. 7, No 1 (2016) to the question of the relationship between “Ricœur and Psychoanalysis.”
Differences in perspective and theorization aside, the theoretical and clinical vocabulary of psychology still bears the mark of Freud’s teaching. If, on the one hand, there is wide variation in therapy structures, on the other hand, psychoanalysis still has a solid presence, directly or indirectly, in each of the following areas: the development of models of mental life, the interpretation of inner conflicts and behavioural problems, and the understanding of a certain number of mental functions. Indeed, mental distress caused by mental disorders always has a deep connection with the sphere of meaning.
Likewise, none of the great philosophies of the twentieth century has been able to avoid comparison with the work of Freud and we can see that the dialectical relation between psychoanalysis and philosophy, which was formed through this type of comparison, did prove particularly fruitful. If psychoanalysis drew inspiration from philosophy in order to solve some of the knotty problems of interpretation and explication, and if none of the more significant psychoanalysts were able to avoid a certain amount of philosophical reflection on psychoanalysis, the staple diet of contemporary philosophy has been and continues to be psychoanalysis’ capital and the debate on the issues it raises.
For that reason, Paul Ricoeur’s works represent a contribution of major importance. If “Freud and Philosophy: An Essay on Interpretation”, published in the original French in 1965, clearly represents the philosopher’s main contribution to the question of the relationship between philosophy and psychoanalysis, the fact remains that, from “Freedom and Nature” (published in French in 1950) to “Living Up to Death” (published in French in 2007), Ricoeur does not stop reflecting on Freud’s works, while endeavouring to accord him a place of central importance in his critical hermeneutics. In contrast to the antagonistic views that “Freud and Philosophy” elicited in France in the 1960’s and 1970’s, a certain number of recent studies, although still spread over a wide area, seem to indicate that the Ricoeurian reflection on psychoanalysis is now receiving growing attention and that, in future, a new and very promising phase of the reception of the philosopher’s theses on this question will open up.
From that perspective, we would hope to make this edition of ERRS the starting point for a new inquiry into the significance of Ricoeur’s relationship to psychoanalysis; and, as guest editors of the review, we are open to all contributions that focus on this theme.
So, we are suggesting two main axes of reflections: a) one focusing on the place of psychoanalysis in Ricoeur’s work and b) a second focusing on the comparison between Ricoeur’s theses and other philosophical readings of Freud or more widely, between Ricoeur’s theses and the theoretical and clinical development of psychoanalysis.
a) First, with regard to the place that the reflection on Freud and psychoanalysis occupies in Ricoeur’s works, one might pose the question: What impact does “Freud and Philosophy” have on the gradual development of Ricoeur’s critical hermeneutics and how are its principal contributions to be assessed both from the standpoint of understanding Freud’s works and from the standpoint of the philosophy of culture? Beyond that initial examination, there is the question of knowing what form the development of the philosopher’s position on psychoanalysis took. Between “Freud and Philosophy” (published in French in 1965) and the various articles that were published in “On Psychoanalysis: 1” (Writings and Lectures V. 1 1) (published in French in 2008), Ricoeur does not content himself with deepening a reflection that is now focused on the epistemology of psychoanalysis and the philosophy of culture, he also develops new approaches linked to narrative hermeneutics and to the analytic experiment, the import of which invites close examination. Lastly, we feel that it would be interesting to think about the significance and the various echoes of Freudianism in the Ricoeurian reflection on narrative identity, translation or memory.
b) Moreover, with regard to comparing Ricoeur’s theses on psychoanalysis with other philosophical or psychoanalytical interpretations, one could begin by deliberating on what is at issue particularly in the comparisons with Lacan, Laplanche, Green, Kohut or even Grünbaum. Than taking the inquiry in a new direction, one could finally attempt to compare the Ricoeurian reading of Freud with other philosophical interpretations of psychoanalysis ─ those that are in line with the phenomenological tradition, as is the case with the interpretations of Merleau-Ponty, Henry or Maldiney, or those that claim to draw inspiration from other philosophical horizons, as is the case particularly with the interpretations of Habermas, Castoriadis or Lyotard.
Closing date for the submission of texts: 20th of march 2016.
Length: 10,000 words maximum (50,000 characters). This includes text and endnotes. Articles may be written either in English or in French.
Format and style: The journal follows the Chicago Manual of Style.
See the rubric ‘Author Guidelines’ on the journal’s website: http://ricoeur.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/ricoeur/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions.
The editors cannot consider articles that do not follow these guidelines.
Instructions to authors: In order to submit an article, authors need to register on the journal website: http://ricoeur.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/ricoeur/user/register. There is a quick, five-step procedure to upload articles to the website. As soon as articles are uploaded, authors will receive a confirmation email. All articles will be peer-reviewed by two referees in a ‘double blind’ process.
Guest editors: Vinicio Busacchi and Weiny César Freitas Pinto
Eileen Brennan and Jean-Luc Amalric, co-editors Études Ricœuriennes/Ricœur Studies Journal
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