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Phillips, Adam 1954-

Works: 158 works in 612 publications in 12 languages and 16,911 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Poetry  Portraits 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Instrumentalist, Contributor, Performer, Other, wat
Classifications: BH181, 150.195
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Most widely held works by Adam Phillips
Intimacies by Leo Bersani( )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and Japanese and held by 1,831 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
A philosophical enquiry into the origin of our ideas of the sublime and beautiful by Edmund Burke( )

35 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and held by 1,487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "Philosophical Enquiry" is a study of the relationship between strong feelings and forms of art, that considers the inspired persuasiveness of certain kinds of writing alongside experience of the natural landscape, and is gradually being recognized as an important work of aesthetic theory. This eloquent and sometimes erotic book was long considered to be a piece of Burke's juvenilia, published when he was only 28. But it is a precursor of his later political writings, and clearly deals with a fashionable topic of intellectual preoccupation in the 18th-century. This work is also one of the first major works in European literature on the sublime, a subject that was later to fascinate thinkers from Kant and Coleridge in the 18th-century, to contemporary philosophers and literary critics. Adam Phillips has also edited Charles Lamb's "Selected Prose" and Walter Pater's "The Renaissance", as well as writing a study of his own entitled "Winnicott"
The electrified tightrope by Michael Eigen( )

8 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,348 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
Becoming Freud : the making of a psychoanalyst by Adam Phillips( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,043 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"--
On kindness by Adam Phillips( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 905 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."--Cover
Going sane : maps of happiness by Adam Phillips( Book )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 840 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 )

24 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"All of us lead two parallel lives: the one we are actively living, and the one we feel we should have had or might yet have. As hard as we try to exist in the moment, the unlived life is an inescapable presence, a shadow at our heels. And this itself can become the story of our lives: an elegy to unmet needs and sacrificed desires. We become haunted by the myth of our own potential, of what we have in ourselves to be or to do. And this can make of our lives a perpetual falling-short. But what happens if we remove the idea of failure from the equation? With his flair for graceful paradox, the acclaimed psychoanalyst Adam Phillips suggests that if we accept frustration as a way of outlining what we really want, satisfaction suddenly becomes possible. To crave a life without frustration is to crave a life without the potential to identify and accomplish our desires. In this elegant, compassionate, and absorbing book, Phillips draws deeply on his own clinical experience as well as on the works of Shakespeare and Freud, of D.W. Winnicott and William James, to suggest that frustration, not getting it, and getting away with it are all chapters in our unlived lives--and may be essential to the one fully lived."--Publisher's description
Darwin's worms by Adam Phillips( Book )

34 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Yet, as Adam Phillips argues, we are not merely trapped in a world of continuous loss. Taking as his examples Darwin's lifelong fascination in lowly earthworms, and Freud's lifelong antipathy to grubbing biographers, he unexpectedly finds much to celebrate. For both of these writers are interested, above all, in how destruction conserves life. They take their inspiration from fossils or from half-remembered dreams, and show how life is about what can be done with these humble remnants from the past. Darwin and Freud render aging, accident and death integral, not alien, to our sense of ourselves. They teach us the art of transience."--Jacket
On kissing, tickling, and being bored : psychoanalytic essays on the unexamined life by Adam Phillips( Book )

27 editions published between 1993 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 678 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
On flirtation by Adam Phillips( Book )

24 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

People tend to flirt only with serious things - madness, disaster, other people's affections. So is flirtation dangerous, exploiting the ambiguity of promises to sabotage our cherished notions of commitment? Or is it, as Adam Phillips suggests, a productive pleasure, keeping things in play, letting us get to know them in different ways, allowing us the fascination of what is unconvincing?
Unforbidden pleasures by Adam Phillips( Book )

18 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and Dutch and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Unforbidden Pleasures" explores the philosophical, psychological, and social dynamics that govern human desire and shape our everyday reality"--
Winnicott by Adam Phillips( Book )

31 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes Winnicott's theories of child development, the mother-child relationship, and human sexuality
The beast in the nursery by Adam Phillips( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Growing up is a process of disillusionment, during which we shed the vitality of childhood - or so conventional wisdom has it. In The Beast in the Nursery, Adam Phillips shows why we are so keen to accept this reassuringly disappointing myth. He questions whether our first appetites can survive the acquisition of language, the donning of custom, the onset of education - all the ways in which we learn that the world is not simply what we want it to be. He offers a portrait of the conflict in all of us between the child and the realist, the dreamer and the scientist, the beast and the nursery. For Phillips, our lives are livable only insofar as we do not lose what inspires us, but learn instead how to transform it into guiding knowledge."--BOOK JACKET
Terrors and experts by Adam Phillips( Book )

24 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in 6 languages and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is a chronicle of the all-too-human terror that drives us into the arms of experts, and of how expertise, in the form of psychoanalysis, addresses our fears - in essence, turns our terror into meaning." "Phillips takes up those topics about which psychoanalysis claims expertise - childhood, sexuality, love, development, dreams, art, the unconscious, unhappiness - and explores what Freud's description of the unconscious does to the idea of expertise, in life and in psychoanalysis itself. If we are not, as Freud's ideas tell us, masters of our own houses, then what kind of claims can we make for ourselves? These questions, so central to the human condition and to the state of psychoanalysis, resonate through this book as Phillips considers our notions of competence, of a professional self, of expertise in every realm of life from parenting to psychoanalysis. Terrors and Experts testifies to what makes psychoanalysis interesting, to that interest in psychoanalysis - which teaches us the meaning of our ignorance - that makes the terrors of life more bearable, even valuable."--Jacket
On balance by Adam Phillips( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 433 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
John Clare in context( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Promises, promises : essays on literature and psychoanalysis by Adam Phillips( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 391 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
Houdini's box : the art of escape by Adam Phillips( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Houdini's Box explores four different escape artists. There is the case history of the little girl who is oddly committed to playing her own wayward version of hide-and-seek. There is Harry Houdini, "the greatest magician the world has ever seen," an assimilated Jew and immigrant escapee who compulsively reinvents and re-enacts his own confinement. There is a patient of Phillips's who has come to him after being badgered by his (ex- )girlfriend, who says she wants to help "his next ex." He is a man who has become entranced, not with woman as object of desire, but with flight from woman, a man hypnotized by the infinite freedom of escape, always arriving at the place from which he is escaping. And finally, there is the poet Emily Dickinson, who for the last twenty years of her life found freedom in self-imposed solitary confinement."--Jacket
The renaissance : studies in art and poetry by Walter Pater( Book )

20 editions published between 1986 and 1998 in English and Italian and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Renaissance (1873) at once became the touchstone for the decadent imagination for a generation of Oxford undergraduates. Pater was shocked at the reaction his book inspired: 'I wish they would not call me a hedonist, it gives such a wrong impression to those who do not know Greek.'" "The book had begun as a series of idiosyncratic, impressionistic critical essays on those artists that embodied for him the spirit of the Renaissance; by collecting them and adding his infamous Conclusion, Pater gained a reputation as a daring modern philosopher. But The Renaissance survives as one of the most innovative pieces of cultural criticism to emerge from the nineteenth century."--BOOK JACKET
Equals by Adam Phillips( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 278 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
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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

A philosophical enquiry into the origin of our ideas of the sublime and beautifulThe electrified tightropeOn kindnessGoing sane : maps of happinessDarwin's wormsOn kissing, tickling, and being bored : psychoanalytic essays on the unexamined lifeOn flirtationWinnicott