Critique on the Couch: Why Critical Theory Needs Psychoanalysis

Read upcoming 2022 SCT faculty, Amy Allen's most recent publication, Critique on the Couch: Why Critical Theory Needs Psychoanalysis

"Amy Allen works with many of the central authors in the field of critical theory to make the case for psychoanalysis, the analytic potential of the death drive, and the importance of retaining the notion of the unconscious. Much of this book is composed of sustained arguments with the central figures of critical theory: Habermas, Honneth, and the important contributions of Joel Whitebook. Without ever leaving the foothold in philosophy, Allen widens the terms of the debate, asking her readers to consider the important contributions that Klein and Lacan can make to a rethinking of the self, progress, and the prospects of relationality. This work is written with Allen's signature clarity and patience, pursuing arguments to conclusion rather than resting with petty skirmishes. Taken as a whole, this is a remarkable achievement of sustained attention, patient thought, persuasive argumentation." — Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley

Amy Allen is Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and head of the Philosophy Department at the Pennsylvania State University. Her previous Columbia University Press books include The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory (2016) and Transitional Subjects: Critical Theory and Object Relations (2019, coedited with Brian O’Connor).

During the 2022 Summer Session, Amy Allen will be leading a 6-week major SCT Seminar, "Marxism and the Problem of History".

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Book Cover of Critique on the Couch.