di Giancarlo Marchetti
Corradi Fiumara, The
Mind's Affective Life: A Psychoanalytic and Philosophical Inquiry,
Brunner-Routledge, London 2001
'... a major
contribution to the neglected subject of human feelings' Arnold
H. Modell, Harvard Medical School
is a remarkable contribution to an understanding of the role
of affects in the construction and survival of psychic life'
Joyce McDougall, Member of the New York Freudian Society
Fiumara's rich, detailed, thoughtful analysis both enriches
and sharpens the reader's understanding of a complex and highly
actual subject of psychoanalytic and philosophical inquiry'
Otto Kernberg, President, International Psychoanalytic Association
Publisher... "The Mind's Affective Life is a refreshing
and innovative examination of the relationship between feeling
and thinking. Our thoughts and behaviour are shaped by both
our emotions and reason; yet until recently most of the literature
analysing thought has concentrated largely on philosophical
reasoning and neglected emotions.
This book is an original and provocative contribution to the
rapidly growing literature on the neglected "affective"
dimensions of modern thought. The author draws on contemporary
psychoanalysis, philosophy, feminist theory and recent innovations
in neuroscience to argue that in order to to understand thought,
we need to consider not only both emotional and rational aspects
of thought but also the complex interactions between these different
aspects. Only through such a rich and complicated understanding
of modern thought can we hope to avoid what the author identifies
as a significant contemporary problems for individuals and cultures;
that is, suppression or denial of intolerable states of feeling.
Affective Life will appeal to and inspire students and practitioners
of philosophy, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and women's studies.
It will also be of great interest to anyone interested in the
interaction of feeling and thinking.
Contents: Introduction. I. The Fragility of "Pure Reason."
The Island of "Pure Reason" and the Sea of Passions.
The Contigency of the Subject. A Culture of Hierachised Knowledges.
II. From Philosophy to Epistemophily. Latent Functions of Knowledge.
Alternative Modes of Inquiry. III. Thinking Affects. The Problem
of Thinking Affects. The "Conquest" of Affects. Ulterior
Perspectives. IV. A Passion for Reason. Passions in Reason.
The Pleasures of Mental Efficacy. V. Minding the Body. Mental
Life and Embodied Existence. Knowledge as an Organismic Derivative.
VI. The "Terminology" of Affects. The Question of
Classification and Terminology. Familiarity and Continuities.
Vocabularies and Perception of Affects. VII. Affective Knowledge.
Affective Components of Reason. Expanding the Conditions of
Knowledge. Relational Knowing. Affects and Cognition. VIII.
The Price of Maturity. The Question of Maturity. The Legitimacy
of Affects and Moods. Silencing Affects. IX. Toward Affective
Literacy. Naming Our Inner States. Cultural Influences. X. Affects
and Narratives. Joint Narratives. Narrative Constructions. Psychoanalytic
Narratives. XI. Affects and Identity. Affects and Identity in
the Psychoanalytic Relation. Empathy and Identity. Reprocessing
Our Inner Past. XII. Affects and Indifference. The Question
of Indifference. Psychodiversity and "Co-optosis."
Preliminaries as Conclusions
Gemma Corradi Fiumara is Associate Professor of Philosophy at
the Third University of Rome, and a training member of the International
Psychoanalytic Association. She is the author of The Metaphoric
Process, Routledge , London 1995