Neuroscience and Imagination: the Relevance of Susanne Langer's Work to Psychoanalytic Theory

Margaret M. Browning


This paper presents the work of philosopher Susanne Langer and argues that her conceptualization of the human mind can provide psychoanalysts with a unique framework with which to theoretically combine interpretive and biological approaches to their work. Langer’s earlier work in the philosophy of symbols directs her investigation into the biological sciences along the lines of sentience and imagination, which in turn become the cornerstones of her theory of mind. Langer’s understanding of the continuing transformation of affect into language is a decisive contribution yet to be built upon by others.


Feeling; Symbol; Mind; Psychoanalysis; Neuroscience

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