Totem & Taboo (The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud Series)

Overview

Totem and Taboo (1913), first published as a series of four articles between 1912 and 1913, is among Freud's most dazzling speculative texts.
Adducing evidence from "primitive" tribes, neurotic women, child patients traversing the oedipal phase, and speculations by Charles Darwin, James G. Frazer, and other modern scholars, Freud attempts to trap the moment that civilized life began. It stands as his most ...

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Overview

Totem and Taboo (1913), first published as a series of four articles between 1912 and 1913, is among Freud's most dazzling speculative texts.
Adducing evidence from "primitive" tribes, neurotic women, child patients traversing the oedipal phase, and speculations by Charles Darwin, James G. Frazer, and other modern scholars, Freud attempts to trap the moment that civilized life began. It stands as his most imaginative venture into the psychoanalysis of culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393001433
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1990
  • Series: Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud
  • Edition description: The Standard Edition
  • Pages: 213
  • Sales rank: 623,712
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.70 (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

Sigmund Freud: A Brief Life, by Peter Gay

ix

Translator's Note

xxv

Preface

xxvii

Preface to the Hebrew Translation

xxxi

 
1     The Horror of Incest

3

2     Taboo and Emotional Ambivalence

24

3     Animism, Magic and the Omnipotence of Thoughts

94

4     The Return of Totemism in Childhood

125

 
List of Works Referred to in the Text

201

Index

207

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Introduction

Sigmund Freud: A Brief Life
by Peter Gay

"It was Freud's fate, as he observed not without pride, to "agitate the sleep of mankind." Half a century after his death, it seems clear that he succeeded far better than he expected, though in ways he would not have appreciated. It is commonplace but true that we all speak Freud now, correctly or not. We casually refer to oedipal conflicts and sibling rivalry, narcissism and Freudian slips. But before we can speak that way with authority, we must read his writings attentively. They repay reading, with dividends..."

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