Freud and Freudians on Religion: A Reader / Edition 1

Freud and Freudians on Religion: A Reader / Edition 1

by Donald Capps
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300082010

ISBN-13: 9780300082012

Pub. Date: 04/10/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

This book presents selections from Freud's writings on religion and from the work of five more recent contributors to the psychoanalytic study of religion: David Bakan, Erik H. Erikson, Heinz Kohut, Julia Kristeva, and D.W. Winnicott. It is the first collection of texts in the psychology of religion that is oriented more toward religious studies than toward the

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This book presents selections from Freud's writings on religion and from the work of five more recent contributors to the psychoanalytic study of religion: David Bakan, Erik H. Erikson, Heinz Kohut, Julia Kristeva, and D.W. Winnicott. It is the first collection of texts in the psychology of religion that is oriented more toward religious studies than toward the study of psychology.

In his introduction, Donald Capps points out that psychoanalysis resembles religions in the way in which its founding documents (Freud's own writings) have been closely read, have evoked interpretive battles, and have been reassessed and reapplied in response to changing social and cultural circumstances. He notes that just as Freud's writings on religion focus on the biblical text, the majority of the authors included here do likewise, showing how the Bible may be read psychoanalytically. Both Freud and his successors, says Capps, also reflect the high value that the Christian culture of the West has placed on painting and sculpture, revealing the importance of perception and imagination to the psychoanalytic study of religion. Capps highlights the ways in which all the Freudians work intertextually with Freud's writings, with the writings of other authors included in the book, and with other writings of their own.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300082012
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/10/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction1
Part ISigmund Freud9
Chapter 1.Obsessive Actions and Religious Practices17
Chapter 2.From Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood25
Chapter 3.The Moses of Michelangelo32
Chapter 4.A Seventeenth-Century Demonological Neurosis40
Chapter 5.From The Future of an Illusion51
Chapter 6.A Religious Experience58
Chapter 7.From Civilization and Its Discontents62
Chapter 8.From Moses and Monotheism72
Part IIDavid Bakan85
Chapter 9.Freud's Paper on Demonological Possession89
Chapter 10.From The Duality of Human Existence94
Chapter 11.Sacrifice and the Book of Job102
Part IIIErik H. Erikson121
Chapter 12.Reflections on Dr. Borg's Life Cycle129
Chapter 13.From Young Man Luther164
Chapter 14.Ritualization in Everyday Life178
Chapter 15.Shared Visions184
Chapter 16.The Galilean Sayings and the Sense of "I"193
Part IVD. W. Winnicott205
Chapter 17.Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena211
Chapter 18.Transitional Phenomena in Religion (by W. W. Meissner)220
Chapter 19.The Use of an Object and Relating Through Identifications226
Chapter 20.Jesus and Object Use: A Winnicottian Account of the Resurrection Myth (by Brooke Hopkins)230
Part VHeinz Kohut241
Chapter 21.The Disorders of the Self and Their Treatment (with Ernest S. Wolf)249
Chapter 22.Forms and Transformations of Narcissism264
Chapter 23.From The Restoration of the Self273
Chapter 24.A Reexamination of Agoraphobia283
Chapter 25.On Courage290
Part VIJulia Kristeva305
Chapter 26.Credo in Unum Deum311
Chapter 27.Holbein's Dead Christ316
Chapter 28.Might Not Universality Be ... Our Own Foreignness?327
Chapter 29.Reading the Bible335
Chapter 30.The Wheel of Smiles345
Original Sources and Permissions348
Index353

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