The Future of an Illusion

The Future of an Illusion

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by Sigmund Freud
     
 

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Of the various English translations of Freud's major works to appear in his lifetime, only one was authorized by Freud himself: The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud under the general editorship of James Strachey.
In the manner of the eighteenth-century philosophe, Freud argued that religion and science were mortal enemies

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Of the various English translations of Freud's major works to appear in his lifetime, only one was authorized by Freud himself: The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud under the general editorship of James Strachey.
In the manner of the eighteenth-century philosophe, Freud argued that religion and science were mortal enemies. Early in the century, he began to think about religion psychoanalytically and to discuss it in his writings. 'The Future of an Illusion' (1927), Freud's best known and most emphatic psychoanalytic exploration of religion, is the culmination of a lifelong pattern of thinking.

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Frank J. Sulloway
"This new edition and translation of Sigmund Freud's The Future of an Illusion has much to recommend it. The Introduction, in particular, is a gem of insightful analysis of the conflicting motives and logical inconsistencies that characterize Freud's arguments in this controversial essay. In laying bare the contradictions inherent in this work, Dufresne brings a fresh and incisive understanding to a book that, despite well-justified skepticism about its scientific merits, remains a thought-provoking and quintessentially Freudian explication of religious belief."
Daniel Burston
"This new Broadview Press edition is a wonderful example of rigorous and imaginative scholarly collaboration. Gregory Richter provides a lucid and lively translation, and some searching reflections on the problems of translation, while Todd Dufresne contextualizes Freud's puzzling, late life assault on organized religion, and his equivocal embrace of Enlightenment positivism. Oskar Pfister, one of the book's earliest and most cogent critics, is also discussed with admirable clarity and charm. Bravo!"
Thomas Kemple
"Gregory C. Richter's fluent new translation shows one of Freud's most popular books to be as clear, colloquial, and compelling as anything else by the master of psychoanalysis, and Todd Dufresne's entertaining introduction makes a good case for its surprising contemporary relevance, in spite of its often puzzling arguments."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393008319
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1989
Series:
Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud
Edition description:
The Standard Edition
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
349,117
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.30(d)

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