In this volume, renowned experts in psychoanalysis reflect on the relationship between psychoanalysis and religion, in particular presenting various controversial interpretations of the question if and to what extent monotheism semantically and structurally fits psychoanalytic insights. Some essays augment traditional religious critiques of Freudianism with later religio-philosophical theories on, for example, femininity. Others explore the relation between psychopathology and morality from the Freudian premise that psychopathology shows in an excessive way aspects or mechanisms of the human psyche that constitute our subjectivity, moral capacities, and behavior.
Contributors: Andreas De Block, KU Leuven–University of Leuven; Fethi Benslama, University of Paris Diderot; Sergio Benvenuto, ISTC, Rome; Gohar Homayounpour, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran; Felix de Mendelssohn, Sigmund Freud University, Vienna; Julia Kristeva, University of Paris Diderot; Lode Lauwaert, KU Leuven–University of Leuven; Siamak Movahedi, University of Massachusetts; Wolfgang Muller-Funk, University of Vienna; Gilles Ribault, University of Paris Diderot; Céline Surprenant, University of Sussex; Inge Scholz-Strasser, Sigmund Freud Foundation; Herman Westerink, University of Vienna; Joel Whitebook, Columbia University; Moshe Zuckermann, Tel Aviv University
About the Author
Wolfgang Müller-Funk is Professor of Cultural Studies at the Department of European and Comparative Literature and Language Studies (University of Vienna) and research coordinator of his faculty.
Inge Scholz-Strasser is Chairwoman of the Sigmund Freud Foundation and Director of the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna.
Herman Westerink is senior researcher and lecturer at the Radboud University Nijmegen and extraordinary professor at the University of Leuven.
Table of Contents
Preface Inge Scholz-Strasser 7
Introduction Wolfgang Müller-Funk Herman Westerink 9
Part I The Forces of Monotheism 15
Moses' Heritage: Psychoanalysis between Anthropology, History and Enlightenment Wolfgang Müller-Funk 17
The Jewish Tradition in Sigmund Freud's Work Felix de Mendelssohn 31
Islam in Light of Psychoanalysis Fethi Benslama 49
Part II Religion and its Critiques 61
Freud's Conception of Religion within the Context of the Modernist Critical Discourse Moshe Zuckermann 63
The Need to Believe and the Desire to Know, Today Julia Kristeva 75
Part III Femininity and the Figure of the Father 93
Monotheism and the 'Repudiation of Femininity' Joel Whitebook 95
Ford/Da! Through the Chador: The Paradox of the Woman's Invisibility and Visibility Siamak Movahedi Gohar Homayounpour 113
Part IV Morality 133
The Two Sources of Morality in Freud's Work Gilles Ribault 135
On Moral Responsibility: A Freudian Perspective Herman Westerink 143
Pathology and Moral Courage in Freud's Early Case Histories Céline Surprenant 155
Part V Law and Perversion 173
Does Perversion Need the Law? Sergio Benvenuto 175
Outlawed by Nature? A Critique of Some Current Psychiatric and Psychoanalytic Theories of Sexual Perversion Andreas De Block Lode Lauwaert 185
Notes on the Contributors 209
Index of Names 213