The Grammar of the Unconscious
The Conceptual Foundations of Psychoanalysis
By (author) Charles Elder
Publication date:15 September 1994
Length of book:272 pages
PublisherPenn State University Press
The Grammar of the Unconscious is both an inquiry into certain long-standing conceptual problems and the exemplification of Wittgenstein's grammatical method. The problems are for the most part those that surround the question of the status of psychoanalysis as a theory of symbolism, psychosexual development, and culture. Using the method of grammatical analysis, Elder clarifies the distinctive features and conditions of the language of psychoanalysis—conceptual, logical, and grammatical—thus showing both the validity and the limits of its truth.
—Ernest Wallwork, Syracuse University