Jews and the American Soul: Human Nature in the Twentieth Century

Jews and the American Soul: Human Nature in the Twentieth Century

by Andrew R. Heinze
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691117551

ISBN-13: 9780691117553

Pub. Date: 09/27/2004

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"Jews and the American Soul is the first book to recognize the central role Jews and Jewish values have played in shaping American ideas of the inner life. It overturns the widely shared assumption that modern ideas of human nature derived simply from the nation's Protestant heritage." Heinze marshals a rich array of evidence to show how individuals ranging from Erich…  See more details below

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"Jews and the American Soul is the first book to recognize the central role Jews and Jewish values have played in shaping American ideas of the inner life. It overturns the widely shared assumption that modern ideas of human nature derived simply from the nation's Protestant heritage." Heinze marshals a rich array of evidence to show how individuals ranging from Erich Fromm to Ann Landers changed the way Americans think about mind and soul. The book shows us the many ways that Jewish thinkers influenced everything from the human potential movement and pop psychology to secular spirituality. It also provides fascinating new interpretations of Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, and Western views of the psyche; the clash among Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish moral sensibilities in America; the origins and evolution of America's psychological and therapeutic culture; the role of Jewish women as American public moralists, and more. A must-read for anyone interested in the contribution of Jews and Jewish culture to modern America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691117553
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/27/2004
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.34(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : Jews and the American soul1
Ch. 1Jews and the psychodynamics of American life11
Ch. 2Benjamin Franklin in Hebrew : the Musar sage of Philadelphia39
Ch. 3Jews and the crisis of the psyche50
Ch. 4Freud and Adler : the rise of Jewish psychoanalytic moralism64
Ch. 5Popular psychology : the great American synthesis of religion and science87
Ch. 6Jewish psychological evangelism : a collective biography of the first generation103
Ch. 7The moronic immigrant and the neurotic Jews : Jews and American perceptions of intelligence, personality, and race140
Ch. 8The specter of the mob : Jews and the battle for the American unconscious165
Ch. 9Rabbi Liebman and the psychic pain of the World War II generation195
Ch. 10Peace of mind : a new Jewish gospel of love217
Ch. 11Clare Boothe Luce and the Catholic-Jewish clash over Freud in America241
Ch. 12Jews and the creation of American humanism261
Ch. 13Joyce Brothers : the Jewish woman as psychologist of suburban America295
Ch. 14Holocaust, Hasidism, suffering, redemption321

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