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This article is concerned with three questions. Can historians make use of Freud's ideas? Have they done so in the past? Should they do so in the future? It begins with a personal encounter with Freud's ideas and then raises some general questions about the relation between psychoanalysis and...
There is a congruence of hermeneutic method between cultural history and psychoanalysis which includes a recognition of the subjectivity and self-reflexivity of interpretation and of the centrality of emotions in the structuring of historical motivation and action. Psychoanalysis is a humanistic...
The unconscious is implicated in Romantic and liberal discourses of autonomous individuality, and these insinuate themselves in complex ways into Freud's descriptions of the psyche. Focusing on The Interpretation of Dreams , the paper examines the fortunes of notions such as autonomy and...
This paper examines Freud's approach to technology from two interrelated perspectives. First it discusses the way his theory presents technology solely in positive terms, as an instrument that expands human power over nature almost infinitely. Here the goal is to underscore a limitation of...
This article examines the role played by Ernest Jones in saving psychoanalysts from Germany and Austria during the 1930s, and, in particular, in the case of Drs Otto and Salomea Isakower from Vienna. Archives from the Library of Congress and the British Psychoanalytical Society are used to...
The author attempts a ‘Roazenesque’ interpretation of Paul Roazen's life and work, and situates his career vis-à-vis that of other revisionist critics of Freud. To these ends, the essay charts the highs and lows of Roazen's long career as a biographer-historian of psychoanalysis. His career is...
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