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Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, declared that religion is a universal obsessional neurosis in his famous work of 1927, The Future of an Illusion. This work provoked immediate controversy and has continued to be an important reference for anyone interested in the intersection of philosophy, psychology, religion, and culture.
Included in this volume is Oskar Pfister's critical engagement with Freud's views on religion. Pfister, a Swiss pastor and lay analyst, defends mature religion from Freud's "scientism." Freud's and Pfister's texts have been updated in Gregory C. Richter's translations from the original German.
Introduction, Todd Dufresne
Sigmund Freud: A Brief Chronology
Translator's Note, Gregory C. Richter
The Future of an Illusion
Appendix A: "The Illusion of a Future": Oskar Pfister's Response to Freud's The Future of an Illusion
Appendix B: Other Works by Freud and Pfister on Religion
Sigmund Freud, "Obsessive Actions and Religious Practices" (1907)
From Sigmund Freud, Totem and Taboo (1913)
From Sigmund Freud, "Scientific Interest in Psychoanalysis" (1913)
From Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents (1930)
From Sigmund Freud, Moses and Monotheism (1939)
From Oskar Pfister, On the Psychology of Philosophical Thought (1923)
Posted August 10, 2010
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