A1 Journal article (refereed)
Being Carried Away : Fink and Winnicott on the Locus of Playing (2021)

Taipale, J. (2021). Being Carried Away : Fink and Winnicott on the Locus of Playing. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 52(2), 193-217. https://doi.org/10.1163/15691624-12341391

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Taipale, Joona

Journal or series: Journal of Phenomenological Psychology

ISSN: 0047-2662

eISSN: 1569-1624

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 21/12/2021

Volume: 52

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 193-217

Publisher: Brill

Publication country: Netherlands

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/15691624-12341391

Publication open access: Not open

Publication channel open access: Channel is not openly available

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/79553


The article investigates the question of the experiential location of the area of play, comparing the accounts of Eugen Fink and Donald Winnicott. It argues that while Fink builds on the phenomenological distinction between subjective phantasy and external perception, and accordingly introduces the area of play as a hybrid realm, a peculiar combination of the two, Winnicott considers the area of play as something that underlies and developmentally precedes the experiential differentiation between phantasy and external reality. While from Fink’s viewpoint Winnicott’s model neglects a central phenomenological distinction, from Winnicott’s viewpoint Fink’s account, in turn, appears adultomorphic. Elaborating on these viewpoints in detail, the article ends up considering the conditions on which the seemingly contradictory accounts of playing could be reconciled. This at once opens a new way to assess the compatibility between phenomenology and psychoanalysis.

Keywords: playing (children's games); imagination; perception (activity); creativity; phenomenology; psychoanalysis

Free keywords: play; imagination; perception; creativity; reality-testing; immersion

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Reporting Year: 2021

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