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Phillips, Adam 1954-

Works: 142 works in 584 publications in 15 languages and 16,853 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Portraits 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Instrumentalist, Performer, Other, zxx, Contributor
Classifications: BH181, 150.195
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Adam Phillips
On kindness by Adam Phillips( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this brilliant book, [authors] examine the pleasures and perils of kindness. Modern people have been taught to perceive ourselves as fundamentally antagonistic to one another, our motives self-seeking. Drawing on intellectual history, literature, psychoanalysis, and contemporary social theory, this book explains how and why we have chosen loneliness over connection. On Kindess argues that a life lived in instinctive, sympathetic identification with others is the one we should allow ourselves to live."--Jacket
Becoming Freud : the making of a psychoanalyst by Adam Phillips( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Becoming Freud is the story of the young Freud-Freud up until the age of fifty-that incorporates all of Freud's many misgivings about the art of biography. Freud invented a psychological treatment that involved the telling and revising of life stories, but he was himself skeptical of the writing of such stories. In this biography, Adam Phillips, whom the New Yorker calls "Britain's foremost psychoanalytical writer," emphasizes the largely and inevitably undocumented story of Freud's earliest years as the oldest-and favored-son of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe and suggests that the psychoanalysis Freud invented was, among many other things, a psychology of the immigrant-increasingly, of course, everybody's status in the modern world. Psychoanalysis was also Freud's way of coming to terms with the fate of the Jews in Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. So as well as incorporating the writings of Freud and his contemporaries, Becoming Freud also uses the work of historians of the Jews in Europe in this significant period in their lives, a period of unprecedented political freedom and mounting persecution. Phillips concludes by speculating what psychoanalysis might have become if Freud had died in 1906, before the emergence of a psychoanalytic movement over which he had to preside"--
Going sane : maps of happiness by Adam Phillips( Book )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of the nature of sanity and madness argues for a new definition of sanity that acknowledges the irrational and chaotic elements in everyday life, presenting recommendations about how to approach life from a balanced perspective
Missing out : in praise of the unlived life by Adam Phillips( Book )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers advice for letting go of ideas about how life might have been in order to make the most of what life has to offer in the here and now by embracing failure, frustration, and other apparently negative, but necessary, elements of our lives
On kissing, tickling, and being bored : psychoanalytic essays on the unexamined life by Adam Phillips( Book )

26 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in 6 languages and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tickle a child, and she peals with laughter. Go on too long, and her laughter is sure to turn to tears. Where is that ticklish line between pleasure and pain? Why do we risk its being crossed? Does psychoanalysis possess the language to talk about such an extraordinary ordinary thing? In a style that is writerly and audacious, Adam Phillips takes up this subject and others largely overlooked by psychoanalysis - kissing, worrying, risk, solitude, and composure. He writes about phobias as a kind of theory, a form of protection against curiosity; about analysis as a patient's way of reconstituting solitude; about "good-enough" mothering as the antithesis of "bad-enough" imperialism; about psychoanalysis as an attempt to cure idolatry through idolatry; and even about farting as it relates to worrying." "Psychoanalysis began as a virtuoso improvisation within the science of medicine, but virtuosity has given way to the dream of science that only the examined life is worth living. Phillips shows that the drive to omniscience has been unfortunate both for psychoanalysis and for life. On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored is a set of meditations on underinvestigated themes in psyochoanalysis that shows how much one's psychic health depends on establishing a realm of life that successfully resists examination."--Jacket
Darwin's worms by Adam Phillips( Book )

25 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Darwin and Freud took God out of the big picture, leaving nothing between humankind and nature. Their ideas were met with righteous indignation. But today, whether or not we read Darwin and Freud, we speak a version of their languages."
On flirtation by Adam Phillips( Book )

22 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in 6 languages and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a book about the possibilities of flirtation, its risks and instructive amusements - about the spaces flirtation opens in the stories we tell ourselves, particularly within the framework of psychoanalysis
A philosophical enquiry into the origin of our ideas of the sublime and beautiful by Edmund Burke( Book )

30 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "Philosophical Enquiry" was often dismissed as a piece of mere juvenilia. However, Burke's analysis of the relationship between emotion, beauty and art form is now recognized as one of the first European works on the subject of the Sublime
Winnicott by Adam Phillips( Book )

27 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The beast in the nursery by Adam Phillips( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If you are disturbed by the idea that to grow up is to learn to live with disillusionment, if you are fascinated by the perplexity of child-rearing, or if you fear you were more creative as a child, The Beast in the Nursery offers an illuminating and possibly life-changing experience. In four interrelated essays, Adam Phillips arrives at startling new insights into issues that preoccupied Freud, showing in the process that far from having lost its relevance, psychoanalysis is still one of our most incisive tools for the exploration of the human psyche and its possibilities. Phillips transforms the genre of the essay into an instrument for intellectual investigation of the most absorbing kind. From the Trade Paperback edition
On balance by Adam Phillips( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains essays in which the author examines the contradictory aspects of a person's fears and desires, discussing examples from literature, fairy tales, works of art, and case studies
Houdini's box : the art of escape by Adam Phillips( Book )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No one can escape the desire and need to escape. By analyzing four examples of escape artists--a young girl who hides from others by closing her eyes; a grown man incapable of a relationship; Emily Dickinson, recluse extraordinaire; and Harry Houdini, the quintessential master of escape--Phillips enables readers to identify the escape artists lurking within themselves
Terrors and experts by Adam Phillips( Book )

22 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in 6 languages and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On va chez un psy et on s'en remet à lui lorsque rien ne va plus. Comment est-il possible de confier à un thérapeute un tel pouvoir sur soi ? Adam Phillips analyse les fondements mêmes de la relation analytique et démonte tous les rouages de la cure
Monogamy by Adam Phillips( Book )

23 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in 9 languages and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pourquoi nous obstinons-nous à former des couples ? Littéraire mais écrit par un psychanalyste, philosophique mais pas systématique, ce recueil touche à l'une des questions fondamentales de notre intimité
Promises, promises : essays on literature and psychoanalysis by Adam Phillips( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and French and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Phillips, a well-known psychotherapist and literary critic, believes that the "talking cure" of psychoanalysis, dependent as it is upon language, is inextricably linked to literature. Accordingly, he has produced a number of insightful essays that explore the relationship between the literary arts and the unconscious. In this new collection of book reviews, lectures, and critical pieces, Phillips juxtaposes anecdotes from his own psychotherapy practice with discussions of works by an eclectic group of authors: A.E. Housman, Melanie Klein, Fernando Pessoa, Fritz Wittels, and Hart Crane, to name just a few. Not surprisingly, he also includes liberal references in many of the pieces to Freud's writings and theories. A useful addition to interdisciplinary studies, this unique book is recommended for academic collections
John Clare in context( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The renaissance by Walter Pater( Book )

19 editions published between 1986 and 1998 in English and Italian and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through his highly idiosyncratic readings of some of the finest paintings, sculptures, and poems of the French and Italian Renaissance, Walter Pater in Studies in the History of the Renaissance redefined the practice of criticism as an impressionistic, almost erotic exploration of the critic's aesthetic responses. Pater's infamous nullConclusion, null which forever linked him with the decadent movement, scandalized many with its insistence on making pleasure the sole motive of life, even as it charmed fellow aesthetes such as Oscar Wilde. This edition of Studies reproduces the text of the first edition of 1873. Matthew Beaumont's Introduction describes the cultural context that gave rise to the book, the reasons for its notoriety, Pater's philosophical outlook, and the arguments in his book. It explores Pater's work as an attempt to preserve the unique aesthetic of a work of art in the face of encroaching mass culture. The book also includes the later chapter on Giorgione as an Appendix, comprehensive notes that identify the many literary and artistic references, and a useful glossary of names. - Publisher
Intimacies by Leo Bersani( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two gifted and highly prolific intellectuals, Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips, here present a dialogue about the problems and possibilities of human intimacy. Their conversation takes as its point of departure psychoanalysis and its central importance to the modern imagination - though equally important is their shared sense that by misleading us about the importance of self-knowledge and the danger of narcissism, psychoanalysis has failed to realize its most exciting and innovative relational potential." "In pursuit of new forms of intimacy they take up a range of concerns across a variety of contexts. To test the hypothesis that the essence of the analytic exchange is intimate talk without sex, they compare Patrice Leconte's film about an accountant mistaken for a psychoanalyst, Intimate Strangers, with Henry James's classic novella The Beast in the Jungle. A discussion of the subculture of barebacking - gay men intentionally engaging in risky sex - delineates an intimacy that rejects the personal. Even serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and the Bush administration's war on terror enter the scene as the conversation turns to the way aggression thrills and gratifies the ego. Finally, in a reading of Socrates' theory of love from Plato's Phaedrus, Bersani and Phillips call for a new form of intimacy which they term "impersonal narcissism": a divestiture of the ego and a recognition of one's non-psychological potential self in others. This revolutionary way of relating to the world, they contend, could lead to a new human freedom by mitigating the horrifying violence we blithely accept as part of human nature."--Jacket
Equals by Adam Phillips( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection, psychoanalyst-essayist Adam Phillips's branches out into political thinking, but some essays in the collection are about Freud and his followers. Particular standouts include "Around and About Madness," in which Phillips argues that "madness like what we call pornography is that which we cannot remain indifferent to," and his reviews of John Lanchester's Mr Phillips ("that hitherto unthinkable, almost absurd thing, a great English Existential novel") and Ray Monk's biography of Bertrand Russell
The electrified tightrope by Michael Eigen( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of exceptional papers by Michael Eigen, selected and assembled by Adam Phillips, that represent 20 years of writing and 30 years of work. The papers examine the tension, caused by the conflict between poise and catastrophe, in the therapeutic relationship. This volume contains a thought-provoking introduction from Adam Phillips and includes introductory notes for the chapters and a detailed Afterword by Michael Eigen
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Alternative Names
Adam Phillips seicolegydd ac awdur Cymreig

Phillips, A. 1954-

Phillips, Adam

Phillips, Adam, journaliste

אדם פיליפס

필립스, 아담

필립스, 애덤

フィリップス, アダム

Going sane : maps of happinessOn kissing, tickling, and being bored : psychoanalytic essays on the unexamined lifeDarwin's wormsOn flirtationA philosophical enquiry into the origin of our ideas of the sublime and beautifulWinnicottThe beast in the nurseryOn balance