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Social Sciences and Psychoanalysis. Toward a New Dialogue
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social sciences, psychoanalysis
The dialogue between the social sciences and psychoanalysis was both lively and fertile in France until the 1990s. Because the founders of the Annales school were especially interested in and sensitive to psychology and the study of affect, such efforts were particularly visible among historians. A bit earlier, from 1950, Roger Bastide had prepared the ground for a discussion between sociology and psychoanalysis, although without much success. Among philosophers, we can consider Paul Ricoeur’s work on Freud during the 1960s. The Frankfurt School’s attention to psychology during those same years also undoubtedly sustained Freud’s inputs into the critical understanding of the twentieth century experience. Among political philosophers such as Cornelius Castoriadis, Claude Lefort, and Marcel Gauchet, reference to psychoanalysis was also central. In terms of political analysis, notable works were published in the early 1980s—always with a different perspective—in particular by Eugène Enriquez, Serge Moscovici, and Raphaël Draï.