International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy




In Force, Drive, Desire, Rudolf Bernet develops a philosophical foundation of psychoanalysis focusing on human drives. Rather than simply drawing up a list of Freud’s borrowings from Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, or Lacan’s from Hegel and Sartre, Bernet orchestrates a dialogue between philosophy and psychoanalysis that goes far beyond what these eminent psychoanalysts knew about philosophy. By relating the writings of Freud, Lacan, and other psychoanalysts to those of Aristotle, Leibniz, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, and, more tacitly, Bergson and Deleuze, Bernet brings to light how psychoanalysis both prolongs and breaks with the history of Western metaphysics and philosophy of nature.

Publication details

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

Place: Evanston, Ill.

Year: 2019


ISBN (hardback): 978-0-8101-3998-5

ISBN (paperback): 978-0-8101-4000-4

ISBN (digital): 978-0-8101-3999-2

Full citation:

Bernet Rudolf (2019). Force, drive, desire: a philosophy of psychoanalysis, Northwestern University Press, Evanston, Ill.