Disciplining Freud on Religion Perspectives from the Humanities and Sciences

Disciplining Freud on Religion Perspectives from the Humanities and Sciences


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It is well known that in formulating his general theoretical framework and views on religion Freud drew on multiple disciplines within the natural and social sciences, as well as from the humanities. This edited collection adds to the continued multidisciplinary interest in Freud by focusing on his understanding and interpretation of and relationship to religion. It 'disciplines' Freud by situating his work on religion from the methodological interests and theoretical advances found in diverse disciplinary contexts. Scholars within the field of religious studies, Jewish Studies, philosophy, and the natural sciences bring together their diverse voices to heighten the academic understanding of Freud on religion. The contributors aim to establish closer and more direct interdisciplinary communication and collaboration with regard to Freudian Studies. This volume should appeal to a wide range of scholars, for upper level undergraduate and graduate classes and those training in psychoanalysis.

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ISBN-13: 9780739142127
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 08/04/2010
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gregory Kaplan is Anna Smith Fine Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies at Rice University.

William B. Parsons is associate professor of religious studies at Rice University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Framing Freud on Religion Gregory Kaplan William B. Parsons vii

Part I On Freud, Religion, and Religious Studies

Chapter 1 Desiderata and Possibilities for the Psychological Study of Religion: How to Enlarge the Place of Freudian Thought in Religious Studies Jacob A. Belzen 3

Chapter 2 When Throne and Altar Are in Danger: Freud, Mourning, and Religion in Modernity Diane Jonte-Pace, Santa Clara 59

Part II Perspectives from the Natural and Social Sciences

Chapter 3 Love the Mother, Hate the Father: Understanding Sociology's Vehement Rejection of Freud on Religion Michael P. Carroll 87

Chapter 4 Of Chariots, Navels, and Winged Steeds: The Dialogue between Psychoanalysis and Buddhism William B. Parsons 107

Chapter 5 Freud and Neuroscience: A Return to Origins Kelly Bulkeley John F. Kennedy 147

Part III Philosophical Reconsiderations

Chapter 6 Freud and Philosophy of Religion after Metaphysics Gregory Kaplan 169

Chapter 7 "The Jewish People Does Not Dream": The Paradoxes of Identification, or Martin Buber and Sigmund Freud on the Meaning of Judaism Bettina Bergo 181

Chapter 8 Freudian Unconscious and Secularization of Judaism Jean-Joseph Goux 217

Index 225

About the Contributors 231

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