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Head Cases: Julia Kristeva on Philosophy and Art in Depressed Times

Elaine Miller


While philosophy and psychoanalysis privilege language and conceptual distinctions and mistrust the image, the philosopher and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva recognizes the power of art and the imagination to unblock important sources of meaning. She also appreciates the process through which creative acts counteract and transform feelings of violence and depression. Reviewing Kristeva's corpus, this book considers the intellectual's “aesthetic idea” and “thought specular” in their capacity to reshape depressive thought on both the individual and cultural level. It revisits Kristeva's reading of ... More

Keywords: psychoanalysis, Julia Kristeva, meaning, aesthetic idea, thought specular, Walter Benjamin, Freud, Hegel, Kant, Arendt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231166829
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166829.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elaine Miller, author
Miami University