On Inaccessibility and Vulnerability: Some Horizons of Compatibility between Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis


  • C. Jason Throop


In this article I examine the relationship between psychodynamic and phenomenological accounts of subjective experience. In so doing, my goal is not to displace the integrity of either phenomenology or psychoanalysis as historically, theoretically, and practically unique traditions in the human sciences and philosophy. It is instead to propose that a distinctly anthropological application and extension of phenomenology articulated in the context of the ethnographic encounter may reveal new points of contact between them. [ethnographic epoché, experience, intersubjectivity, phenomenology, psychoanalysis]