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Hsu-Nan Liou


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Research interests

  • Sartre’s early philosophy
  • Phenomenology  
  • Philosophy of psychoanalysis

Current research

I am investigating how it can be possible that we fail to know ourselves or deceive ourselves, from Jean-Paul Sartre’s theory of bad faith and Sigmund Freud’s theory of repression. The research contains a reconstruction of their theories and an evaluation of Sartre’s opposition to the unconscious. I will also offer a further exploration of the significance Sartre’s critique of the unconscious brings to psychoanalysis, which lies in the difference between Sartre and Freud on what the missing self-knowledge is and on how to resolve the deficiency of self-knowledge.


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Other information

Before I came to Manchester, I completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Philosophy both at National Taiwan University. My Master dissertation is about the ontology and its ethical implications in Sartre's early philosophy. The idea of my current research is originated from the writing of this dissertation when I deal with Sartre’s critique of Freud’s unconsciousness theory.