Freud on Time and Timelessness

  • Kelly Noel-Smith

Part of the Studies in the Psychosocial book series (STIP)

Table of contents

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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


"This is a very important contribution to the slowly emerging literature on psychoanalysis and time. By examining the influences on Freud’s thinking about time and the development of what were his mostly implicit ideas about temporality, Kelly Noel-Smith offers a lively and impeccably scholarly new way of understanding the background to current developments in psychoanalytic theory and practice." - Professor Stephen Frosh, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.

"Dr Noel-Smith displays deep knowledge of Freud’s oeuvre, the relevant Ancient Greek sources that Freud drew upon, and modern philosophical thought. Her expertise is synthesized into a well-organized inquiry into what Freud thought about time. I learned a huge amount from reading this clear, well-informed and profound exposition." - Professor Charles Stewart, University College London, UK.

Time and timelessness are fundamental principles of psychoanalysis yet Freud does not present a consolidated theory of temporality. In this book Kelly Noel-Smith pieces together Freud's scattered 'hints' and 'suspicions' about time and its negative, timelessness. She traces a careful temporal trail through Freud’s published works and his daunting Nachlass, and provides a compelling reason as to why Freud kept his remarkable thoughts about time to himself.  

Kelly Noel-Smith combines a career in law with an academic interest in psychoanalysis and philosophy.                                                                          


Psychosocial studies Psychology Psychoanalysis Ancient Greek Literature Kant

Authors and affiliations

  • Kelly Noel-Smith
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  1. 1.LondonUnited Kingdom

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