Re: "Letter on Humanism"--Reading 3 (Re: infancy)

Christopher Rickey wrote:

>Heidegger disliked psycholanalysis for a reason you cite: it approaches
>neuroses as something to eliminate and smooth out. The intent of
>Heidegger is to heighten the feelings of (Angst/Langweile/Erschrecken)
>that get covered over in our thoughtless pursuit of easy living. For
>some reason I cannot quite fathom, Heidegger thought that painful
>existence brings us into our true essence.
>A Hopeless child of Americanism

Of course, the late Freud seemed to conclude that painful existence was
unavoidable. Interestingly, one of the central figures in psychoanalysis
(and one of the most "philosophical") combines in various ways Freud,
Hegel, Heidegger, and Saussure (and a host of others). He also ends up
concluding that feelings of Angst are unavoidable (which is rather
different than "covered over"). Who else? Lacan.

Jonathan Maskit

PS. Chris, do you know Christoph Mencke? He and I have corresponded and I
hope to be able to come through Berlin next year to meet with him.


For we, which now behold these present days,
Have eyes to wonder, but lack tongues to praise.

Jonathan Maskit
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