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Book Reviews 135 BOOK REVIEWS Roger Frie, Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity in Modern Phil- osophy and Psychoanalysis: A Study of Sartre, Binswanger, Lacan, and Habermas, New York & London: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1997, 227 pp. (includes index), $22.95 (paper). Review by: M. Guy Thompson, Free Association Clinic, San Francisco The question as to the nature-and even existence-of subjectivity has bedeviled mankind since the dawn of civilization and occupied the attention of philosophers for millennia. Indeed, the birth of philosophy in Ancient Greece occasioned the movement away from a religious bias, which deferred the notion of an autonomous self to the unfathomable designs of the gods, toward a more rationalist view that conceived of a human subject with a perspective that was uniquely his own-and which accounted for his behavior. The his- tory of Western philosophy can even be read as a concerted en- deavor to understand what subjectivity entails, finally manifesting a separate discipline-psychology-whose aim is to explore its char- acteristics in greater depth. Yet, the more we endeavor to answer this bottomless riddle, the more remote a convincing explanation seems. After more than two millennia in search of an answer, we are just as much in the dark http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Phenomenological Psychology Brill

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Brill
Copyright
© 1998 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0047-2662
eISSN
1569-1624
D.O.I.
10.1163/156916298X00058
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135 BOOK REVIEWS Roger Frie, Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity in Modern Phil- osophy and Psychoanalysis: A Study of Sartre, Binswanger, Lacan, and Habermas, New York & London: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1997, 227 pp. (includes index), $22.95 (paper). Review by: M. Guy Thompson, Free Association Clinic, San Francisco The question as to the nature-and even existence-of subjectivity has bedeviled mankind since the dawn of civilization and occupied the attention of philosophers for millennia. Indeed, the birth of philosophy in Ancient Greece occasioned the movement away from a religious bias, which deferred the notion of an autonomous self to the unfathomable designs of the gods, toward a more rationalist view that conceived of a human subject with a perspective that was uniquely his own-and which accounted for his behavior. The his- tory of Western philosophy can even be read as a concerted en- deavor to understand what subjectivity entails, finally manifesting a separate discipline-psychology-whose aim is to explore its char- acteristics in greater depth. Yet, the more we endeavor to answer this bottomless riddle, the more remote a convincing explanation seems. After more than two millennia in search of an answer, we are just as much in the dark

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Published: Jan 1, 1998

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