In what ways can psychoanalysis, as both a theoretical body and a clinical practice contribute to an understanding of the salient social and political problems of our time? This engaged and generous collection of essays with contributions from internationally renowned academics, writers, filmmakers and psychoanalysts, explores the historical, social and emotional factors underpinning the development of extreme forms of hatred and distrust of the other. In the process of a sustained interdisciplinary interrogation, psychoanalysis's strength emerges not in its capacity to provide any lasting solution to socio-political uncertainties, but rather in its capacity to tolerate ambivalence.
1. In Pursuit of the Nazi Mind? The Deployment of Psychoanalysis in the Allied Struggle against Germany, Daniel Pick
2. The Impact of Islamophobia, Fahkry Davids
3. The Disappointed of the Earth, Caroline Rooney
4. Psychoanalysis, Islam and the Other of Liberalism, Joseph Massad
5. Slaying Dragons: Mohsin Hamid discusses The Reluctant Fundamentalist
6. Promised Land or Permitted Land: a Consideration of Levinasian Ethics in the Light of Jewish Fundamentalism, Stephen Frosh
7. Reflections on Fundamentalism, David Modell
8. Humanity and its Gods: Atheism, Elisabeth Roudinesco
9. Response to Elisabeth Roudinesco, Jacqueline Rose
Afterword: a note on atheism, John Forrester.
About the Author
Ivan Ward is Deputy Director of the Freud Museum, London and the editor of the Ideas in Psychoanalysis series published by Icon Books.