Nietzsche and Psychoanalysis

By Daniel Chapelle

Subjects: Psychological Approaches To Literature
Paperback : 9780791415283, 264 pages, December 1993
Hardcover : 9780791415276, 264 pages, December 1993

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Table of contents

Introduction: A Demonic Thought for a Start


1. "What if . ..?" Willing Suspension of Disbelief
2. Scientific Disbelief: Attempt at Exorcism
3. Inspiration, Appropriation, Transformation
4. Time and Its "It Was"
5. Tragedy: Apollo/Dionysus
6. Necessity, Amor Fati
7. Zarathustra: His Own Worst Enemy?


8. Eternal Return in Everyday Life
9. Eternal Return in Transference
10. Compulsive into Metaphor
11. The Myth of Er: Eternal Compulsion into Image
12. Thanatos: What if Eternal Return were Instinctual?
13. Transference Analysis: Healing the Wound of Time


14. The Myth of Archetypal Ontology
15. The Uncanny
16. The Double
17. Soul and Image: Archetypal Psychology

Epilogue: To Find a Good Book to Live In



This book presents a reading of the Nietzschean thought of the eternal return of all things and relates it to Freud's psychoanalysis of the repetition compulsion. Nietzsche's eternal return and Freud's repetition compulsion have never before been so seriously compared. The manner in which this study is executed is drastically different from usual Nietzsche scholarship and Freud studies. Chapelle works with his material until it acquires archetypal levels of significance, even while the level of everyday life experience is never abandoned. He returns the theory and practice of psychologizing and philosophizing to the old ground of imaginative poetic and ultimately mythic thought.

Daniel Chapelle is a psychologist in private consulting and therapy practice.


"I appreciate most the serious intellectual approach combined with concrete psychological insight. This combination is carried out by the play of metaphor, which encourages the reader to work with the text and not simply watch the author work. The entire postmodern 'movement' should be interested in Chapelle's work. He has developed the archetypal psychological approach in a way that brings it closer to philosophic thought than it usually is, by focusing on Nietzsche as well as on Freud. " — Robert Kugelmann, University of Dallas

"I like the way the author situates Nietzsche and Freud with respect to each other. In doing so, Chapelle lifts Freud's insights onto another level, while simultaneously grounding Nietzsche's insights in the fabric of daily life. He avoids the reductionism of Nietzsche to Freudian psychoanalysis so characteristic of this literature. I consider this book an important contribution to Nietzschean and psychoanalytic thought. I believe it makes a legitimate place for itself within both of these traditions. " — Robert D. Romanyshyn, Pacifica Graduate Institute