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Michael Guy Thompson, Ph.D., received his psychoanalytic training from R. D. Laing and his associates at the Philadelphia Association in London in the 1970s and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Wright Institute, Berkeley. Dr. Thompson is founder of Free Association, Inc., in San Francisco, a phenomenolgically oriented psychoanalytic salon modeled on his experiences in London with Laing. Dr. Thompson is also Personal and Supervising Analyst and Faculty Member at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and on the faculty of the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, in San Francisco. He is former President of the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education (IFPE) and the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP), and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, Psychoanalytic Psychology, the European Journal of Psychoanalysis, and The Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis. He is also the author of THE DEATH OF DESIRE: A STUDY IN PSYCHOPATHOLOGY, THE TRUTH ABOUT FREUD'S TECHNIQUE: THE ENCOUNTER WITH THE REAL, and more recently THE ETHIC OF HONESTY: THE FUNDAMENTAL RULE OF PSYCHOANALYSIS (Rodopi), as well as over 100 journal articles and book reviews on psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and schizophrenia. Dr. Thompson has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Spain, and Australia, and is a member of numerous psychoanalytic and therapeutic organizations throughout the world, including the Philadelphia Association, Ltd. and the International Psychoanalytical Association. He practices psychoanalysis in San Francisco, where he lives.
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  1. Michael Thompson (forthcoming). Waste and Fairness. Social Research.
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  2. M. Guy Thompson (2011). Gunnar Karlsson (2010). Psychoanalysis in a New Light. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, Xvii + 209 Pp. (Includes Index). [REVIEW] Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 42 (2):231-235.
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  3. Michael Thompson (2011). Climate, Imagination, Kant, and Situational Awareness. Journal of Global Ethics 7 (2):137 - 147.
    The interstate highway system and environmental are seldom discussed conjointly in works on climate and sustainability programs. In this essay I employ a metaphor, likening the interstate system to environments, to illustrate a cognitive shortcoming, a failure of imagination, by the organisms found in both. I argue that several failures of the imagination combine to constitute a failure to be aware of the limitations of our situations and the parameters set by climatological considerations. However, by re-engaging with our environment through (...)
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  4. Michael Thompson (ed.) (2011). Georg Lukacs Reconsidered: Critical Essays in Politics, Philosophy and Aesthetics. Continuum Intl Pub Group.
    An international team of contributors explore contemporary insights into the work of Georg Lukacs in political theory, aesthetics, ethics and social and ...
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  5. M. Thompson (2009). Experiencing the Marital Bed. Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology 9 (2).
    This paper examines the marital bed through existential themes of spatial, temporal, corporeal and relational experience. It is a collaborative effort in that it relates anecdotes contributed by twelve people who each described – in writing, in interviews and in conversation – very personal moments of life in the “marital bed”. Through other eyes, one sees that what seemed unique has echoes of a shared experience. The everyday noises and movements, the negotiations, even the sorrows of that particular place, are (...)
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  6. Daniel R. Block, Michael Thompson, Jill Euken, Toni Liquori, Frank Fear & Sherill Baldwin (2008). Engagement for Transformation: Value Webs for Local Food System Development. [REVIEW] Agriculture and Human Values 25 (3):379-388.
    Engagement happens when academics and non-academics form partnerships to create mutual understanding, and then take action together. An example is the “value web” work associated with W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s Food Systems Higher Education–Community Partnership. Partners nationally work on local food systems development by building value webs. “Value chains,” a concept with considerable currency in the private sector, involves creating non-hierarchical relationships among otherwise disparate actors and entities to achieve collective common goals. The value web concept is extended herein by (...)
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  7. M. Guy Thompson (2008). Therapeutic Action: An Earnest Plea for Irony. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 39 (1):126-139.
    Book review of Jonathan Lear's study of Hans Loewald's views about the nature of therapeutic action in psychoanalysis.
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  8. Michael Thompson (2008). An Open-Ended Conversation: Western and African Philosophy. In F. Ochieng'-Odhiambo, Roxanne Burton & Ed Brandon (eds.), Conversations in Philosophy: Crossing the Boundaries. Cambridge Scholars Pub.. 120.
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  9. M. Guy Thompson (2007). Apprehending the Inaccessible: Freudian Psychoanalysis and Existential Phenomenology. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 38 (1):136-150.
    Book review of Richard Askay and Jensen Farquhar's critique of Freud's conception of the unconscious from a phenomenological perspective.
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  10. Michael Thompson, Marco Verweij & Richard J. Ellis (2006). Why And How Culture Matters. In Robert E. Goodin & Charles Tilly (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis. Oup Oxford.
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  11. M. G. Thompson (2004). Drassinower, A.(2003). Freud's Theory of Culture: Eros, Loss, and Politics. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 35 (1):137-141.
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  12. M. G. Thompson (2004). De Waelhens, A. & Ver Eecke, W.(2001) Phenomenology and Lacan on Schizophrenia, After the Decade of the Brain. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 35 (1):126-130.
     
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  13. M. Guy Thompson (2004). Is the Unconscious Really All That Unconscious? In Paul Gordon & Rosalind Mayo (eds.), Between Psychotherapy and Philosophy: Essays From the Philadelphia Association. 141-178.
    This paper explores the psychoanalytic conception of the unconscious and critiques it from a phenomenlogical perspective, especially Sartre and Heidegger, with a view to conceptualizing the unconscious from an ontological rather than psychological mindset.
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  14. M. Guy Thompson (2004). Postmodernism and Psychoanalysis: A Heideggerian Critique of Postmodernist Malaise and the Question of Authenticity. In Joseph Reppen, Jane Tucker & Martin A. Schulman (eds.), Way Beyond Freud: Postmodern Psychoanalysis Observed. Open Gate Press. 173--202.
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  15. Piergiorgio Donatelli, Mario Ricciardi & Michael Thompson (2003). "Natural Goodness" di Philippa Foot. Discussione. Iride 16 (1):179-200.
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  16. M. Guy Thompson (2003). The Primacy of Experience in R.D. Laing's Approach to Psychoanalysis. In Roger Frie (ed.), Understanding Experience: Psychotherapy and Postmodernism. Routledge.
    This paper explores R. D. Laing's application of existential and phenomenological tradtions, specifically Hegel and Heidegger, to his groundbreaking work with psychotic process as well as psychotherapeutic practice more generally.
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  17. Michael Thompson (2003). Tre Gradi di Bonta Naturale. Translated by Lorenzo Greco. Iride 16 (38):191-7.
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  18. M. Guy Thompson (2001). Is the Unconscious Really All That Unconscious? The Role of Being and Experience in the Psychoanalytic Encounter. Contemporary Psychoanalysis 37 (4):571-612.
    This paper explores the psychoanalytic conception of the unconscious and critiques it from a phenomenlogical perspective, especially Sartre and Heidegger, with a view to conceptualizing the unconscious from an ontological rather than psychological mindset.
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  19. Connie Molnar, Dan Madigan & Michael Thompson (2000). Notes & News. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 78 (4):595.
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  20. M. G. Thompson (1998). Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity in Modern Philosophy and Psychoanalysis: A Study of Sartre, Binswanger, Lacan, and Habermas by Roger Frie. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 29:135-139.
     
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  21. Michael Thompson (1996). Morality and Action. Philosophical Review 105 (2):270-272.
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  22. M. G. Thompson (1995). Psychoanalysis and Phenomenology: Toward a Human Synthesis, by Miguel Iturrate. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 26:114-116.
     
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  23. M. G. Thompson (1995). Pragmatic-Existential Psychotherapy by Herbert M. Potash. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 26:114-116.
     
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  24. Michael Thompson (1995). The Representation of Life. In Rosalind Hursthouse, Gavin Lawrence & Warren Quinn (eds.), Virtues and Reasons. Clarendon Press. 247--296.
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  25. G. K. Jenkins & M. Thompson (1963). The New Style Silver Coinage of Athens. Text and Plates. Journal of Hellenic Studies 83:215.
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  26. Michael Thompson, Roots and Role of Imagination in Kant: Imagination at the Core.
    Kant's critical philosophy promises to overturn both Empiricism and Rationalism by arguing for the necessity of a passive faculty, sensibility, and an active faculty, understanding, in order for cognition to obtain. Kant argues in favor of sense impression found in standard empirical philosophies while advocating conceptual necessities like those found in rational philosophies. It is only in the synthesis of these two elements that cognition and knowledge claims are possible. However, by affirming such a dualism, Kant has created yet another (...)
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