The Primordial Dance

This book argues that a silent axis of the unconscious world rests largely undiscovered. It recasts foundational concepts in the psychology of Freud, Jung, Carol Gilligan and R.D. Laing, as well as in cognitive science, to highlight this hidden unconscious axis: primordial spaces of diametric and concentric structures. The author generates fresh approaches to understanding the philosophy of early Heidegger and Derrida, with the idea of cross-cultural diametric and concentric spaces fuelling a radical reinterpretation of early Heidegger’s transcendental project, and challenging a postmodern consensus that reduces truths and experiences to mere socially constructed playthings of culture.
The book, which also examines projected structures in modernist art, suggests a systematic refashioning of many Western assumptions, but it is more than a deconstruction. It also attempts to offer a new interplay between structures and meaning, as a spatial phenomenology. This significant expansion of the boundaries of human subjectivity opens alternative pathways for imagining what it means to be human, in order to challenge the reduction of experience to instrumental reason.

Paul Downes is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University.

‘A fascinating study of unconscious space that quickens sensitive appreciation of the depths of our nature.’ Michael Eigen, PhD, author of Contact with the Depths and Feeling Matters, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, New York University

‘Paul Downes takes us on a fascinating interdisciplinary journey en route to an explication of the primordial spatial structures that underlie and unconsciously shape all of our experiences. Readers of The Primordial Dance will be richly rewarded.’ Robert D. Storolow, Phd, author of World, Affectivity, Trauma: Heidegger and Post-Cartesian Psychoanalysis, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA

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