Richard Lichtman, Ph.D.
Dr. Lichtman is a well-known teacher and author who has trained and studied intensely in philosophy, psychology, psychotherapy and social theory. His perspective develops the interrelations among a wide variety of disciplines and is founded on the conviction that the truth lies in the totality, not in isolated parts of the whole. He has taught in the philosophy department at the University of California at Berkeley, been a fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara, the humanities department at San Francisco State University, the sociology department at the University of California at Santa Cruz, as well as many other institutions in the United States and Europe. For the last thirty years Richard Lichtman has taught social psychology, theory and methodology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley California.
His writings indicate the range of his interests. The Production of Desire is an analysis and evaluation of the numerous attempts that have been made to integrate the works of Marx and Freud. Essays in Critical Social Theory is an application of critical theory to a wide range of subjects in economic, political and social theory. Dying in America is a critical analysis of contemporary theories of death and dying and a memoir of his father and his death. Dr. Lichtman has also contributed to a large number of scholarly journals. He is currently working on a volume that will provide a basic critique of the notions of normalcy and pathology that underlie contemporary psychology and therapy.