The Grammar of the Unconscious: The Conceptual Foundations of Psychoanalysis (Paperback)

The Conceptual Foundations of Psychoanalysis

By Charles Elder

Penn State University Press, 9780271025674, 272pp.

Publication Date: May 10, 2005



The Grammar of the Unconscious is both an inquiry into certain long-standing conceptual problems and the exemplification of Wittgenstein's grammatical method. The problems are for the most part those that surround the question of the status of psychoanalysis as a theory of symbolism, psychosexual development, and culture. Using the method of grammatical analysis, Elder clarifies the distinctive features and conditions of the language of psychoanalysis--conceptual, logical, and grammatical--thus showing both the validity and the limits of its truth.

About the Author

Charles R. Elder is a William Rainey Harper Fellow and teaches in the social science collegiate division of the University of Chicago.