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The Religious and Romantic Origins of Psychoanalysis: Individuation and Integration in Post-Freudian Theory / Edition 1
     

The Religious and Romantic Origins of Psychoanalysis: Individuation and Integration in Post-Freudian Theory / Edition 1

by Suzanne R. Kirschner, Jeffrey C. Alexander, Steven Seidman
 

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ISBN-10: 0521555604

ISBN-13: 9780521555609

Pub. Date: 06/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book considers the cultural and religious sources of contemporary psychoanalytic theories of the development of the self, and demonstrates that they are distinctively Western cultural constructions that tell a story in terms of a narrative pattern derived from biblical and Neoplatonic sources. Thus, religious themes and values still influence how modern

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This book considers the cultural and religious sources of contemporary psychoanalytic theories of the development of the self, and demonstrates that they are distinctively Western cultural constructions that tell a story in terms of a narrative pattern derived from biblical and Neoplatonic sources. Thus, religious themes and values still influence how modern psychologists make sense of the human condition, and Dr. Kirschner raises provocative questions about the status of psychoanalytic theories as knowledge and as science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521555609
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2010
Series:
Cambridge Cultural Social Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Toward a cultural genealogy of psychoanalytic developmental psychology; 2. The assenting ego: Anglo-American values in contemporary psychoanalytic developmental psychology; 3. The developmental narrative: the design of psychological history; 4. Theological sources of the idea of development; 5. The Christian mystical narrative: Neoplatonism and Christian mysticism; 6. Jacob Boehme: towards worldly mysticism; 7. Romantic thought: from worldly mysticism to natural supernaturalism; 8. Personal supernaturalism: the cultural genealogy of the psychoanalytic developmental narrative; Conclusion.

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