Dispatches From The Freud Wars

Dispatches From The Freud Wars

by John Forrester
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674539613

ISBN-13: 9780674539617

Pub. Date: 01/01/1999

Publisher: Harvard University Press

In this challenging collection of essays, the noted historian and philosopher of science John Forrester delves into the disputes over Freud's dead body. With wit and erudition, he tackles questions central to our psychoanalytic century's ways of thinking and living, including the following: Can one speak of a morality of the psychoanalytic life? Are the lives

Overview

In this challenging collection of essays, the noted historian and philosopher of science John Forrester delves into the disputes over Freud's dead body. With wit and erudition, he tackles questions central to our psychoanalytic century's ways of thinking and living, including the following: Can one speak of a morality of the psychoanalytic life? Are the lives of both analysts and patients doomed to repeat the incestuous patterns they uncover? What and why did Freud collect? Is a history of psychoanalysis possible?

By taking nothing for granted and leaving no cliché of psychobabble--theoretical or popular--unturned, Forrester gives us a sense of the ethical surprises and epistemological riddles that a century of tumultuous psychoanalytical debate has often obscured. In these pages, we explore dreams, history, ethics, political theory, and the motor of psychoanalysis as a scientific movement.

Forrester makes us feel that the Freud Wars are not merely a vicious quarrel or a fashionable journalistic talking point for the late twentieth century. This hundred years' war is an index of the cultural and scientific climate of modern times. Freud is indeed a barometer for understanding how we conduct our different lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674539617
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
869,738
Product dimensions:
0.72(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Justice, Envy, and Psychoanalysis

Casualities of Truth

Collector, Naturalist, Surrealist

Dream Readers

"A Whole Climate of Opinion"

Dispatches from the Freud Wars

Epilogue

Abbreviations

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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