The one thousand entries in the Encyclopaedia provide the best single volume coverage of psychoanalysis available. With its wide, objective and catholic vision, the Encyclopaedia demonstrates that psychoanalysis is a single discipline, very much greater than any particular movement, school or individual, including its founder, Freud. Thus the book contains authoritative entries on all the most important authors, practitioners, concepts, movements, schools, debates and controversies in psychoanalysis and its offspring, past and present.
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Besides admirably embracing the diversity of the field and its figures, this volume is especially valuable for discovering the pervasive but oft unacknowledged influence of psychoanalytic thought in the humanities, social sciences, arts, religion, politics and philosophy.
Edinburgh University Press is known for the publication of high-quality, scholarly works, and this one is no exception...a wide range of readers will find this a handy, informative resource. Historians, philosophers, and social scientists will appreciate the inclusive, balanced nature of the work. Libraries serving these disciplines will want to have this work in their reference collections.
I believe this Encyclopaedia will provide psychoanalysts of all schools and learned individuals alike with the best access to the complex and vital science of psychoanalysis.
A pioneering psychotherapist in the Republic of Ireland, Ross M. Skelton is the rare individual, who, in his writing, is able to demonstrate successfully the juncture of the art of science and the science of art. This is shown in works such as, "Simple Bilogic and the Poems of Louis MacNeice'" and "Comparison of Lacanian Clinical Technique With that of Jung." As General Editor of The Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis, he brings his vision to this cumulative work.
An absolutely first-class achievement. Ross Skelton has succeeded in producing a superb piece of work.
The editors of this International Encyclopaedia present all of the major schools and each of the contiguous disciplines. Core concepts are discussed from multiple perspectives by authors who are experts from each of the several schools and from around the world. The result is unique - a compendium of what one needs to know to understand contemporary psychoanalytic discourse in the words of its leading scholars and most thoughtful observers. It will be of great value to students, teachers and practitioners. As an added reward, it is a pleasure to read.