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Law and the Unconscious
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Law and the Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective

Anne C. Dailey

Abstract

This book establishes the vital relevance of contemporary psychoanalysis to law. Our legal system is predicated on the idea that people act rationally and of their own free will. Yet the facts of mental life present a much messier picture. Psychoanalysis draws our attention to the hidden, conflicted, wishful, sometimes self-destructive aspects of our inner selves that can produce inexplicable decision making and irrational behavior. With its detailed portrait of the unconscious, psychoanalysis helps us to answer some of the most puzzling questions in law, such as: Why would an individual confe ... More

Keywords: Psychoanalysis, Psychology, Unconscious, Law, Freud, Liberalism, Free will, Rationality, Behavioral law and economics, Cognitive psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300188837
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300188837.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne C. Dailey, author
University of Connecticut

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