The Future of an Illusion

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891396380
  • Publisher: Martino Fine Books
  • Publication date: 12/9/2010
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 1,198,947
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) is one of the twentieth century's greatest minds and the founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology. His many works include The Ego and the Id; An Outline of Psycho-Analysis; Inhibitions; Symptoms and Anxiety; New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis; Civilization and Its Discontent, and others.

Peter Gay is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment, the best-selling Weimar Culture, and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
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)
References
Index

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