Freud And Freudians On Religion / Edition 1

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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In 1927's The Future of an Illusion, Sigmund Freud predicted that the "illusion" of religion had no future and would be abandoned by modern society. But Freud is long dead, may he rest in peace, and religion is still very much around. In Freud and Freudians on Religion: A Reader, Donald Capps of Princeton Theological Seminary pulls together some of Freud's most famous thoughts on religion and also reprints essays by five of the psychoanalyst's intellectual heirs, including Erik Erikson and Julia Kristeva. This is a useful, well-organized collection. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300082012
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Sigmund Freud 9
Ch. 1 Obsessive Actions and Religious Practices 17
Ch. 2 From Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood 25
Ch. 3 The Moses of Michelangelo 32
Ch. 4 A Seventeenth-Century Demonological Neurosis 40
Ch. 5 From The Future of an Illusion 51
Ch. 6 A Religious Experience 58
Ch. 7 From Civilization and Its Discontents 62
Ch. 8 From Moses and Monotheism 72
Pt. II David Bakan 85
Ch. 9 Freud's Paper on Demonological Possession 89
Ch. 10 From The Duality of Human Existence 94
Ch. 11 Sacrifice and the Book of Job 102
Pt. III Erik H. Erikson 121
Ch. 12 Reflections on Dr. Borg's Life Cycle 129
Ch. 13 From Young Man Luther 164
Ch. 14 Ritualization in Everyday Life 178
Ch. 15 Shared Visions 184
Ch. 16 The Galilean Sayings and the Sense of "I" 193
Pt. IV D. W. Winnicott 205
Ch. 17 Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena 211
Ch. 18 Transitional Phenomena in Religion 220
Ch. 19 The Use of an Object and Relating Through Identifications 226
Ch. 20 Jesus and Object Use: A Winnicottian Account of the Resurrection Myth 230
Pt. V Heinz Kohut 241
Ch. 21 The Disorders of the Self and Their Treatment 249
Ch. 22 Forms and Transformations of Narcissism 264
Ch. 23 From The Restoration of the Self 273
Ch. 24 A Reexamination of Agoraphobia 283
Ch. 25 On Courage 290
Pt. VI Julia Kristeva 305
Ch. 26 Credo in Unum Deum 311
Ch. 27 Holbein's Dead Christ 316
Ch. 28 Might Not Universality Be ... Our Own Foreignness? 327
Ch. 29 Reading the Bible 335
Ch. 30 The Wheel of Smiles 345
Original Sources and Permissions 348
Index 353
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