Freud: Political and Social Thought (Second Edition) / Edition 2

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Overview

Sigmund Freud had broad ambitions about what psychoanalysis could add to human thought. But Freutfs own writings have rarely been assessed within the perspective of political philosophy. Political theorists will find in the school Freud established a rich storehouse of ideas. For us to link up with what Freud was saying means to join in the great conversation about what the ends of the just society should be, as well as what a fully developed person might be like. Written more than twenty years ago, the central interpretive theses found in Freud: Political and Social Thought still ring true.

In his new introduction to this classic text, Paul Roazen contends that today, from the point of view of intellectual history, Freud looms as a subject in an even larger way than he did back in the 1960s. His thinking has impinged, for good or ill, on how we think about character and the nature of human impulses. Privacy itself has been affected, so much so that political candidates now feel free to use intimate material from private life for manipulative public purposes. Yet after all this time political scientists remain reluctant to entertain the need to explore the psychological dimension of all political events.

Without reducing politics to psychoanalysis, or inflating psychological categories to embrace all of politics, Roazen provides an introductory look at the field of psychoanalysis. By bringing together the different disciplines of psychology and politics he breaks through parochialism. Roazen is no advocate for psychoanalysis, but believes that analysts have as much to learn from social science as the other way around. This volume is proof that at its best political theory has to be inherently interdisciplinary. As such, this volume will be of interest to intellectual historians, psychoanalysts, and political theorists.

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First published in 1968, this work asserts that Freud's psychoanalytic thought can be extremely useful in application to political and social theory. Mainly concerned with elucidating Freud's applications of his work to political concerns, the author asserts that psychoanalysis and the social sciences should learn from each other to establish an interdisciplinary approach to political theory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765806178
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/7/1999
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 331
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Roazen was professor of social and political science at York University in Toronto. He was the author of Helene Deutsch, Brother Animal, and Encountering Freud, all available from Transaction.

Paul Roazen was professor of social and political science at York University in Toronto. He was the author of Helene Deutsch, Brother Animal, and Encountering Freud, all available from Transaction.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface to the 1986 Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
Introduction: Human Nature in Politics
1 Psychology and Politics 3
2 The Obstacles 12
Ch. I Psychoanalysis and the Study of Politics
1 The Discipline 36
2 The Unconscious 48
3 Metapsychology 66
Ch. II The Significance of a Theory
1 The Origins 76
2 The Movement 90
3 Society and Philosophy 101
4 The Test of Science 110
Ch. III Religion: Realism and Utopianism
1 Neurosis 125
2 Crime and Punishment 135
3 Authority 147
4 The Voice of Reason 158
5 A Hero in History 167
Ch. IV Politics: Social Controls
1 War and Aggression 193
2 The Past 213
3 Social Cohesion 218
4 Eco Psychology 232
5 Freud's Political Psychology 242
Ch. V Civilization: Tragedy and Possibility
1 Reform 252
2 Cultural Differences 257
3 Man's Discomfort 268
4 Health 273
5 Freedom as a Value 289
Epilogue: Woodrow Wilson 300
Index 323
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