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Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips is a psychotherapist and essayist. Since 2003 he has been the general editor of the new Penguin Modern Classics translations of Sigmund Freud. He is also a regular contributor to the London Review of Books. His influences include D.W. Winnicott, Roland Barthes, Stanley Cavell and W.H. Auden. His books are:

Winnicott (1988)
On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored: Psychoanalytic Essays on the Unexamined Life (1993)
On Flirtation: Psychoanalytic Essays on the Uncommitted Life (1994)
Terrors and Experts (1995)
Monogamy (1996)
The Beast in the Nursery: On Curiosity and Other Appetites (1998)
Darwin's Worms: On Life Stories and Death Stories (1999)
Promises, Promises (2000)
Houdini's Box: On the Arts of Escape (2001)
Equals: On Inhibition, Mockery, Hierarchy, and the Pleasures of Democracy (2002)
Going Sane (2005)
Side Effects (2006)
Intimacies (with Leo Bersani, 2008)
On Kindness (with Barbara Taylor, 2009)
On Balance (2010)
The Concise Dictionary of Dress (with Judith Clark, 2010)
Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life (2012)
Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst (Yale UP, 2014)
Unforbidden Pleasures (Penguin, 2015)

Past and present Confer events
Reading, Writing, Listening: A symposium with Adam Phillips and guests
Saturday 1 December 2018

The Landscapes of Grief
Saturday 15 July 2017

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