Psychoanalysis, Monotheism and Morality
The Sigmund Freud Museum Symposia 2009-2011
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Leuven University Press
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This volume brings together papers presented at two conferences held in 2009 and 2011 by the Sigmund Freud Foundation. Since its establishment in 2003, the Foundation has been presenting an extensive program of scholarly events such as these as a continuation of the activities of the Sigmund Freud Society. The Foundation has expressly devoted itself to promoting interdisciplinary ...
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This book works out and connects the results of two ambitious international conferences held between 2009 and 2011 organised by the Sigmund Freud Foundation in Vienna: ‘The Force of Monotheism’ and ‘Does Psychoanalysis Set Limits? Authority, Norms, Law, …and Perversion’. The first refers to the relationship between psychoanalysis and religion, especially ‘Monotheism’, the ...
Part IThe Forces of Monotheism
Moses’ Heritage.Psychoanalysis between Anthropology,History and Enlightenment
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Freud’s essay Der Mann Moses und die monotheistische Religion is out on a limb, not only because it is a late work and not only because there is, as is often observed, a mirroring effect in the text that confronts us with Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, as the double and the counterpart of Moses, the founder of Jewish monotheism. Prolonging Freud’s story on Moses, Freud ...
The Jewish Tradition in Sigmund Freud’s Work
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On the 6th of January 1935 Freud wrote to his student Lou Andreas-Salomé “My dear Lou, I can add to what you have learned about my latest work. It started out from the question: what was it that shaped the specific character of the Jew? I came to the conclusion that the Jew was a creation of a man, Moses. Who was this Moses and what were his ...
Islam in Light of Psychoanalysis
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In the mid-eighties it seemed to me necessary to deal with Islam from a psychoanalytic perspective, although for my part there was no previous indication this task would be necessary, since Islam occupied a ghostly presence in the psychoanalytic literature. I say ‘ghostly’ because it appeared sporadically and as a missing element, one already included in our field, dedicated as it ...
Part IIReligion and its Critiques
Freud’s Conception of Religion within theContext of the Modernist Critical Discourse
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A critique of religion can take various forms. The form it takes can range from an immanent investigation of dogmas, and thus of intra-religious animosities arising from differing conceptions of God and belief, to a critique of religious institutions, which nonetheless does not call belief into question as such. Or it can go further, to the point of an agnostic questioning of the ...
The Need to Believe and the Desire to Know, Today
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When approaching the immense continent of religious experience from a psychoanalytical point of view, my thoughts are directed to Sigmund Freud, to his genius that, from Totem and Taboo (1912) and Moses and Monotheism (1930) – to only cite these two – opened up a new way of thinking religious experience. By thinking about it, I mean: by living through it. I would like to ...
Part IIIFemininity and the Figure of the Father
Monotheism and the “Repudiation of Femininity”
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At its heart, Western civilisation contains a drive towards unification. This drive, according to thinkers from a number of theoretical persuasions, helps to explain the link between Occidental rationality and the project of domination. When the multifariousness of existence is reduced to unity, when the unique entity is subsumed under the abstract universal and transformed into a ...
Fort!/Da! Through the Chador:The Paradox of the Woman’s Invisibility and Visibility
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...“[E]ach of us enters the world through the body of a woman, – a carnal enigma that has virtually baffled our systems of understanding, rather than fleeing, condemning, or idealising the body of the (m)other, we need to recognize her in ourselves,” writes Sprengnether.1 Perhaps it is the recognition of her in us that is too threatening as a secret to be divulged, and perhaps ...
The Two Sources of Morality in Freud’s Work
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It has been already pointed out that Freud’s statements about morality seem to be ambiguous and even contradictory. On the one hand, we know that Freud is an eager advocate of cultural institutions and of all that human civilisation has acquired throughout its history in regard to spirituality or a sense of an ideal. By reading his work, we can learn that culture stands for the progress that ...
On Moral Responsibility: A Freudian Perspective
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My interest in the issue of moral responsibility in Freud’s writings has been triggered by a larger project I have been working on over the past two years: the filiation between Freudian psychoanalysis and Reformation thought – a project which originated from a single germ cell, namely a statement in Lacan’s seminar on the ethics of psychoanalysis where he suggests that we can only ...
Pathology and Moral Courage inFreud’s Early Case Histories
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In characterising the difference between the Josef Breuer and Sigmund Freud approaches to the causes of hysteria, James Strachey, the English editor of the Studies on Hysteria, spoke of a “remarkable paradox” concerning the scientists’ intentions and what they actually achieved. While Breuer aimed to deal with psychical processes in “the language of psychology”, he explained hysteria by ...
Part VLaw and Perversion
Does Perversion Need the Law?
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In Francophone countries, many persons – even if they are not analysts – have a rather precise idea of what constitutes a perverse person, whom they would say, more or less, is “someone who needs the Law in order to take enjoyment” – a view undoubtedly owing to a certain popularisation of Lacanian thinking in that culture. For them, a perverse person needs to assume a virtual prohibition ...
Outlawed by Nature?A Critique of Some Current Psychiatric andPsychoanalytic Theories of Sexual Perversion
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In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association organised a symposium under the title ‘Should Homosexuality be in the APA Nomenclature?’ The second edition of the ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ (DSM) had unambiguously qualified homosexuality as a mental disorder. But throughout the 1960s, this view came under increasing attack from a variety ...
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Notes on the Contributors
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Page Count: 216
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Figures of the Unconscious