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ISBN-13: 978-0465097081 ISBN-10: 0465097081 Edition: Revised

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Revised edition (February 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465097081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465097081
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, German (translation)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brian C. on September 12, 2010
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Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality is an important work for a number of reasons. Anyone in possession of even a passing familiarity with Freud will certainly be aware of the importance Freud places on the sexual instinct in his psychology. Freud's theories on human sexuality are often criticized for being reductionistic (for reducing love to sex) but as Freud himself says in his Preface to the fourth edition of this work, "anyone who looks down with contempt upon psycho-analysis from a superior vantage-point should remember how closely the enlarged sexuality of psycho-analysis coincides with the Eros of the divine Plato" (pg. xxx). Three Essays is one of Freud's most sustained analyses of this important aspect of his thought and is valuable for that reason alone. No one who is interested in Freudian psychology in general, Freud's theories on the sexual instinct in particular, or in human sexuality in general can afford to miss this book.

I also think this work is an important step (or can become one) towards dispelling some of the myths about sexuality (like the myth that heterosexuality is "natural" and homosexuality is "unnatural"). It is true that Freud still uses the term perversion when discussing homosexuality (which he calls inversion) but his analysis also tends to undermine the view that heterosexuality is in some sense more natural than homosexuality in a number of ways (or I should say Freud's analysis undermines the metaphysics of the sexual instinct that underlies such a view). The sexual instinct, for Freud, is complex and is something constructed in the concrete development of the individual; in other words, even the "normal" sexual instinct is unnatural to the degree that it is constructed and not innate or based on immutable laws of nature.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christina Stoker on April 12, 2013
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I purchased this book specifically for a project I was working on in a Master's level history course. It was a wonderful primary source and met my needs well.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WWJAD on January 25, 2014
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I purchased this book for a for a graduate course. It was a comprehensive collection of essays and affordably priced. However, I had no interest in keeping it and resold when no longer needed.
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