How Scottish was R.D. Laing?

Miller, G. (2009) How Scottish was R.D. Laing? History of Psychiatry, 20(2), pp. 226-232. (doi: 10.1177/0957154X08101223)

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R.D. Laing was indebted, although not exclusively or uncritically, to his early Scottish intellectual context. He engaged, for instance, throughout his life with the ideas of the Scottish philosopher John Macmurray. Despite the relative lack of scholarship on twentieth-century Scottish thought, it is possible to trace Laing's participation in a tradition of the importation and translation of Continental ideas (exemplified by scholars such as the theologian Ronald Gregor Smith). Laing adapted Continental ideas to a particularly Scottish concern with psychotherapy as a form of demythologized Christianity; this is apparent in his latent affinity with the Scottish psychoanalyst W. R. D. Fairbairn, and also in his explicitly Christian reconceptualization of the Jungian concept of metanoia.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Miller, Dr Gavin
Authors: Miller, G.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:History of Psychiatry
ISSN (Online):1740-2360

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