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"Work as Transcendental Experience: Implications of Dejours' Psycho-dynamics for Contemporary Social Theory and Philosophy"

by Deranty, Jean-Philippe (2010)


AbstractThis essay discusses four books recently published by Christophe Dejours with the aim of extracting their most significant social-theoretical and philosophical implications. The first two books are two contributions by Dejours in current debates and public policy initiatives in France through the application of his psychodynamic approach to work-related issues (work and violence; work and suicide). Even though these texts are shaped by the specific contexts in which they were written, they also contain broader social-theoretical insights that are quite significant. In the other two books, the two volumes of his major summation Travail vivant,1 Dejours makes explicit the fundamental theoretical foundation upon which his psychodynamic approach is based. I will attempt to demonstrate that these books have significant implications for contemporary social theory and philosophy, notably as they establish the indissoluble continuity between the corporeal and cognitive capacities of the human subject, and the importance of this insight for moral and political reflection.


Dejours, Freud, Psychoanalysis, Emancipation


Dejours, Christophe, Dejours, Living Labour, Critical Theory of Work, Centrality of Work

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