Freud: The Unconscious and World Affairs

Freud: The Unconscious and World Affairs


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This book sheds a new light on Freud who, from the beginning, was aware that the edifice he was constructing – psychoanalysis – which revealed in each individual an "ego not master in its own house" –, had clear implications for understanding collective human behaviour. This man was profoundly concerned with matters of peace and war, religion, morality and civilisation.

The authors’ political focus is unusual, and their choice of quotes from lesser-known sources holds great interest. Freud’s interlocutors include Oskar Pfisrer, Swiss pastor and lay analyst; Einstein; and the American diplomat William Bullitt, with whom Freud wrote a study of President Wilson, entitled Thomas Widrow Wilson. A Psychological Study. In the Introduction to this book, written in 1930, Freud describes Wilson as a person for whom mere facts held no significance; he esteemed highly nothing but human motives and opinions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782205340
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/26/2018
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

RENÉ MAJOR is a renowned psychoanalyst practising in Paris. He was director of the Institut de psychanalyse de Paris and program director at the Collège international de philosophie. He founded the magazine Confrontation, as well as Contretemps, a publication linking contemporary art to literature, philosophy and psychoanalysis. He is director of the Institut des hautes études en psychanalyse and the author of numerous books.

CHANTAL TALAGRAND is a psychoanalyst practising in Paris. She was editor-in-chief of Confrontation and Contretemps and director of the section on psychoanalysis in the Dictionnaire universel des créatrices. She has published many articles in France and abroad.

Table of Contents


  1. Why Burn Freud’s Books?
  2. Vienna at the End of the 19th Century
  3. Family Portrait
  4. Kindred Spirits in Literature and Philosophy
  5. Revenants
  6. Questioning the Teachers
  7. A Fortunate Contretemps
  8. The Lure of the South
  9. Sexuality Theories

10. Freud the Man

11. The First Circle of Followers

12. Case Histories

13. The War Years

14. Death

15. Life without Illusions

16. The Right to Psychoanalysis

17. Why War

18. The Unpromised Land

Timeline of Life Events

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