The Freud Files: An Inquiry into the History of Psychoanalysis

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How did psychoanalysis attain its prominent cultural position? How did it eclipse rival psychologies and psychotherapies, such that it became natural to bracket Freud with Copernicus and Darwin? Why did Freud 'triumph' to such a degree that we hardly remember his rivals? This book reconstructs the early controversies around psychoanalysis and shows that rather than demonstrating its superiority, Freud and his followers rescripted history. This legend-making was not an incidental addition to psychoanalytic theory ...

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How did psychoanalysis attain its prominent cultural position? How did it eclipse rival psychologies and psychotherapies, such that it became natural to bracket Freud with Copernicus and Darwin? Why did Freud 'triumph' to such a degree that we hardly remember his rivals? This book reconstructs the early controversies around psychoanalysis and shows that rather than demonstrating its superiority, Freud and his followers rescripted history. This legend-making was not an incidental addition to psychoanalytic theory but formed its core. Letting the primary material speak for itself, this history demonstrates the extraordinary apparatus by which this would-be science of psychoanalysis installed itself in contemporary societies. Beyond psychoanalysis, it opens up the history of the constitution of the modern psychological sciences and psychotherapies, how they furnished the ideas which we have of ourselves and how these became solidified into indisputable 'facts'.

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Borch-Jacobsen (comparative literature & French, Univ. of Washington; The Black Book of Psychoanalysis) and Shamdasani (psychoanalysis, Univ. Coll. London; Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology) offer their 2006 book, Le dossier Freud, for the first time in English. Dividing the book into quarters, they explore and deconstruct the received history and the insider politics of psychoanalysis. They challenge Freud's self-image as an intellectual epoch-maker like Copernicus and Darwin. While the latter were rational scientists who deflated beliefs in the centrality of Earth in the universe and in humans as a product of divine creation, Freud taught that our unconscious trumps rationality. Armed with detailed evidence, the authors charge Freudians with failing to validate their scientific claims of theory and practice and with orchestrating the indefinite embargo of Freud's most sensitive papers in the Library of Congress. VERDICT This is a valuable resource for historians of psychology, science, and society, though the academic jargon limits it to a scholarly audience. An insightful, penetrating indictment, the book does not explore why Freud's theories, based on such flimsy evidence, attracted so much attention and so many partisans—professionals and intellectuals generally—in the 20th century.—E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521729789
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Professor Sonu Shamdasani is a historian of psychology and psychiatry and is widely regarded as the leading Jung historian at work today. His numerous publications have been translated into many languages and his last edited book, Jung's Red Book (2009) was on The New York Times bestseller list and a documentary is currently being prepared on the subject.

Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. He is the author of highly influential books on the theory and history of psychoanalysis and co-author of the bestselling Le livre noir de la psychanalyse (The Black Book of Psychoanalysis).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: the past of an illusion; 1. Privatising science; 2. The interprefaction of dreams; 3. Case histories; 4. Policing the past; Coda: what was psychoanalysis?

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