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Freud and Freudians on religion : a reader
Capps, Donald.
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New Haven : Yale University Press, [2001]

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vi, 357 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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The author discusses the basis for scientists' claims to knowledge about the world. He looks at science historically, emphasizing not only the achievements of scientists from Galileo onwards, but also their mistakes. He rejects the claim that all scientific knowledge is provisional, by citing examples from chemistry, biology and geology. A major feature of the book is its defence of the view that mathematics was invented rather than discovered.

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In 1927's The Future of an Illusion, Sigmund Freud predicted that the "illusion" of religion had no future and would be abandoned by modern society. But Freud is long dead, may he rest in peace, and religion is still very much around. In Freud and Freudians on Religion: A Reader, Donald Capps of Princeton Theological Seminary pulls together some of Freud's most famous thoughts on religion and also reprints essays by five of the psychoanalyst's intellectual heirs, including Erik Erikson and Julia Kristeva. This is a useful, well-organized collection. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Part I Sigmund Freudp. 9
Chapter 1. Obsessive Actions and Religious Practicesp. 17
Chapter 2. From Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhoodp. 25
Chapter 3. The Moses of Michelangelop. 32
Chapter 4. A Seventeenth-Century Demonological Neurosisp. 40
Chapter 5. From The Future of an Illusionp. 51
Chapter 6. A Religious Experiencep. 58
Chapter 7. From Civilization and Its Discontentsp. 62
Chapter 8. From Moses and Monotheismp. 72
Part II David Bakanp. 85
Chapter 9. Freud's Paper on Demonological Possessionp. 89
Chapter 10. From The Duality of Human Existencep. 94
Chapter 11. Sacrifice and the Book of Jobp. 102
Part III Erik H. Eriksonp. 121
Chapter 12. Reflections on Dr. Borg's Life Cyclep. 129
Chapter 13. From Young Man Lutherp. 164
Chapter 14. Ritualization in Everyday Lifep. 178
Chapter 15. Shared Visionsp. 184
Chapter 16. The Galilean Sayings and the Sense of "I"p. 193
Part IV D. W. Winnicottp. 205
Chapter 17. Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomenap. 211
Chapter 18. Transitional Phenomena in Religion (by W. W. Meissner)p. 220
Chapter 19. The Use of an Object and Relating Through Identificationsp. 226
Chapter 20. Jesus and Object Use: A Winnicottian Account of the Resurrection Myth (by Brooke Hopkins)p. 230
Part V Heinz Kohutp. 241
Chapter 21. The Disorders of the Self and Their Treatment (with Ernest S. Wolf)p. 249
Chapter 22. Forms and Transformations of Narcissismp. 264
Chapter 23. From The Restoration of the Selfp. 273
Chapter 24. A Reexamination of Agoraphobiap. 283
Chapter 25. On Couragep. 290
Part VI Julia Kristevap. 305
Chapter 26. Credo in Unum Deump. 311
Chapter 27. Holbein's Dead Christp. 316
Chapter 28. Might Not Universality Be ... Our Own Foreignness?p. 327
Chapter 29. Reading the Biblep. 335
Chapter 30. The Wheel of Smilesp. 345
Original Sources and Permissionsp. 348
Indexp. 353