Freud and His Critics

Freud and His Critics

Book - 1993
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'With admirable clarity, Paul Robinson painstakingly reconstructs and then relentlessly dismantles the arguments of Freud's most tenacious and recent debunkers. The results stunningly vindicate the abiding power of psychoanalysis as a master discourse of our age.' - Martin Jay, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c1993
ISBN: 0520080297 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 150.1952
Characteristics: 281 p. ; 22 cm

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" The link between Freud's unconscious awareness of his father's crime and the abandonment of the seduction theory is fairly straightforward. The seduction theory pinned the blame on fathers, and, in replacing it with the Oedipus theory, Freud sought to expiate his father's sin by taking the burden of guilt on himself. The new theory denied the criminality of fathers, locating both illicit desire and murder in the imagination of the child. Thus Freud's abandonment of the seduction hypothesis became an act of filial piety."

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