Title

Freud, stern and mcgilchrist: Developmental and cultural implications of their work

DOI

10.14394/eidos.jpc.2019.0021

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-2019

Publication Title

Eidos: A Journal for Philosophy of Culture

Volume

3

Issue

2

First Page

109

Last Page

123

Keywords

Hemispheric dominance, Modernity, Modes of knowing, Postmodernism, Psychoanalysis

Abstract

“Human beings have two fundamentally different ways of thinking about and engaging with the world.” Some variant of this proposition is shared by many thinkers across time. This paper focuses on the core similarities and the subtle (but significant) differences between Freud’s theory of primary and secondary processes, Karl Stern’s theory of the scientific and poetic modes of knowledge and Iain McGilchrist’s account of the differences between left and right-hemispheric competences, values and ways of “being-in-the-world”. It asks whether (or to what extent) the collective tendency to privilege one “way of knowing” over another promotes or inhibits optimal human development and cultural change and transformation.

Open Access

Gold

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