Complexity and the psychoanalytic field

Author: Gabriele Lenti

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”

Max Planck

About the book

This volume is a dense and articulate dissertation on the controversial relationship between the cognitive processes of the natural and human sciences. This relationship finds an effective response in the complexity theory. Using its own tools, complex thought makes phenomena that differ greatly in their level of abstraction intelligible.

Psychoanalysis has always been one step ahead and one step behind its own heuristic references and is still searching for an organic relationship with neighbouring sciences. The contamination between disciplines in scientific research here finds an attempt at correspondence by contributing to the construction of its scientific basis, even if not strictly objectivist.

This corresponds to a vision of reality based on a hypermodern epistemological approach of a perspectival and contextual nature, articulated and complex with a cognitive praxis that is not simple deconstruction or conceptual relativism. The truth that can be found in this way is then a composite and multidimensional construction.

The book is a collection of various writings and contributions conceived at different times; a reading that facilitates a path of personal elaboration can grasp its organic nature.

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About the author

Gabriele Lenti is considered one of the leading experts in psychoanalysis and complexity theory. A specialist in clinical psychology, he is a psychoanalyst of the Italian Society of Relational Psychoanalysis (SIPre) and of the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies (IFPS). 

He is the author of numerous scientific articles, and keynote speaker at conferences all over the world.

He is a former trainer in various schools of psychotherapy and supervisor of social workers of the Caritas Diocesana of Genoa. In 2005, he published his first volume, Al di là del principio di entropia. Alcune considerazioni su psicoanalisi e complessità, (translated into English and published in 2014 by Nova Science Publisher with the title Psychoanalysis and Complexity.) In 2007, his second work Gli incerti percorsi della conoscenza, (opera collettiva) was published by Redancia Publishing House in Savona. 

This was followed, from 2015 to 2018, by a trilogy, with the volumes Psicoanalisi e Teoria della Complessità nella scienza contemporanea, Psicoanalisi e Teoria della Complessità nell’arte e nella clinica, Nuove proposte applicative nella Psicoanalisi e nella teoria della Complessità, published by Alpes, Rome. He lives and works in Genoa. The author wishes to create an open and constant dialogue with the reader by sharing resources, information and useful ideas. For this reason, he indicates his references in the hope that they will be used by anyone who is interested in psychoanalysis in its dialogue with complex thought, and wishes to offer their own contribution.

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