Freud on time and timelessness: the ancient Greek influence

Noel-Smith, Kelly Ann (2014) Freud on time and timelessness: the ancient Greek influence. PhD thesis, Birkbeck, University of London.

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Abstract

This thesis turns on two assumptions: first, that there is a current absence within the psychoanalytic library of a consolidated account of Freud's theories of time and timelessness; second, that there is compelling evidence of an influence by the ancient Greek canon on Freud's metapsychology of time. The thesis is that a detailed examination of this influence will bring additional clarity to our understanding of Freud’s thoughts about time and timelessness and permit the provision of the currently lacking systematic account of this part of his theory. The author brings the three components of the Greek canon most important to Freud - myth, tragedy and philosophy – into dialogue with psychoanalysis to show the importance of their influence on Freud's ideas on temporality. The dialogue permits novel conclusions to be drawn about Freud's theory of temporality generally and Freud's views on how we acquire time in particular.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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School/Department: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: ORBIT Editor
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2014 15:37
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2014 15:46
URI: http://bbktheses.da.ulcc.ac.uk/id/eprint/71

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