When I started this blog two years ago, I was planning to write about Wittgenstein; I am not sure what aspects of Wittgenstein I planned to write about, but in the years before starting the blog I had not spent much time thinking about philosophy, so the blog was part of a wish to reawaken and deepen a long-standing passion of mine. As it happened, I have found myself doing lots of reading and thinking about psychoanalysis over the last two years and this has coloured (or indeed dominated) the small number of posts that I have contributed to this blog. So I am coming clear and recognising that the real focus of this blog is Wittgenstein and Freud – how can you make sense of psychoanalysis from a Wittgensteinian perspective? Or perhaps more controversially is it possible to find a way of bringing together the achievements of each of them? As this question suggests, I think it is and I have a fairly clear idea of what this might involve, but at this stage this is only a bit more than a hunch and I hope I can stay fairly open-minded on where I might end up.
My hope within the next five years is to write a book on Wittgenstein and Freud, so part of the aim of this blog is to help me shape my thoughts. My real hope, however, is for some dialogue – I don’t want to develop my ideas in seclusion; rather I hope that feedback from others will help me see what I am getting wrong and give me a sense of whether others think that what I am saying is eccentric, obvious or potentially interesting. So all comments very welcome (apart from product spam!!). For the Wittgensteinians out there, this blog will continue to take a strongly Wittgensteinian perspective on things, but those things are likely to relate to the mind and the Inner as explored by Freud and psychoanalysts. If you think that trying to combine a Wittgensteinian view of the mind and a Freudian view is a Quixotic enterprise, then all I can say is be patient and let’s see if we can get anywhere