Sur le refoulement: Freud, Schopenhauer, Henry

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


In a considerable body of work, the most important of which is undoubtedly the
Genealogy of Psychoanalysis, published in 1985, Michel Henry questions the status of psychoanalysis in an original and sometimes controversial way. By situating in the historial of Western metaphysics some of the key notions of Freud's theory, Henry shows us, in the light of his phenomenology of life, that the author of the Interpretation of Dreams is a heir to the philosophical elaborations that preceded him. His understanding of the
Psyche is partly a consequence of the reduction of the original essence of
phenomenality to the representation, as it was produced by the Cartesian cogito. But, it is also a continuation of what the Schopenhauerian and Nietzschean reflections allow us to understand of a life irreducible to phenomenality - but that forms phenomena - and it is for this reason that Michel Henry recognizes the Freudian theory as having "an immense scope".

Period8 Nov 2013
Event titleConférence Internationale Affect, Pulsion, Inconscient: de la philosophie à la psychanalyse, de la psychanalyse à la phénoménologie
Event typeConference
LocationLisbon, Portugal
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Repression
  • Affectivity
  • Representations
  • Unconscious
  • Will
  • Drives