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Psychoanalyzing the Politics of the New Brain Sciences

Authors: Samuels, Robert

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  • Relates Neoliberalism to the new brain sciences and psychoanalysis
  • Articulates the formation of the Governmental University Medical Pharmaceutical complex
  • Offers a new perspective on contemporary economics and politics
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This book argues that neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and behavioral economics often function as a political ideology masquerading as a new science. In looking at works by Antonio Damasio, Steven Pinker, Richard Thaler, Cas Sunstein, and John Tooby, Robert Samuels undertakes a close reading of the new brain sciences, and by turning to the works of Freud and Lacan, offers a counter-discourse to these new emerging sciences.  He argues that an unintentional political manipulation of scientific thinking serves to repress the psychoanalytic conception of the unconscious and sexuality as it reinforces neoliberalism and promotes the drugging of discontent. 
This innovative book is intended for those interested in science, psychoanalysis, and politics and offers a new definition of neoliberal subjectivity.



About the authors

Robert Samuels has PhDs in English and Psychoanalysis.  He teaches advanced writing at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.  He is the author of eleven books including Psychoanalyzing the Left and Right after Donald Trump and Educating Inequality (2016).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-7

    Samuels, Robert

  • Damasio’s Error: The Politics of Biological Determinism After Freud

    Pages 9-33

    Samuels, Robert

  • The Backlash Politics of Evolutionary Psychology: Steven Pinker’s Blank Slate

    Pages 35-58

    Samuels, Robert

  • Behavioral Economics: Nudge and Technocratic Liberalism

    Pages 59-83

    Samuels, Robert

  • The Brain Sciences Against the Welfare State

    Pages 85-114

    Samuels, Robert

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Hardcover 58,84 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-71890-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Psychoanalyzing the Politics of the New Brain Sciences
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71891-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71891-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71890-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 143
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