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Freud, Biologist of the Mind: Beyond the Psychoanalytic Legend Harvard Univ PR Pbk ed. Edition

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Fascinating...A thought-provoking tour through this extraordinary chapter in the history of ideas. (Jean Strouse Newsweek)

A work of prodigious scholarship in its own right. It establishes a new level of empirical precision and critical skill in the analysis of Freud's life. (Peter Brooks New York Times Book Review)

Extraordinarily exciting and enlightening. . .A truly comprehensive intellectual biography of Freud and the analytic movement, which embodies the scholarship so sorely lacking in previous endeavors...The result here is an informative, authoritative, and comprehensive work, brimming with all sorts of revelations and new versions of old tales about Freud's...predecessors and contemporaries. One's view of Freud and the origins of psychoanalysis will never be quite the same after reading this book. (Arnold Bernstein Modern Psychoanalysis)

About the Author

Frank J. Sulloway is Visiting Scholar in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 638 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; Harvard Univ PR Pbk ed. edition (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674323351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674323353
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 25, 2000
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I found this to be a very well written and researched bookwith extensive documentation to support the author's work. This isnot a Freud bashing book in the Fredrick Crewes model at all. I found it to be more of a historical documentation of the development of and influence's on Freud's theories. It discusses in more detail than I have seen elsewhere how Fliess (among many others) influenced Freud's thinking. The only reason I can surmise someone would react negatively to this book is if they cannot tolerate the realization that Freud was not working in a vacuum and many of his ideas were not unique to him (such as infantile sexuality) although his theories were more comprehensive and extensive in their scope. For anyone interested in the history of psychiatry, psychoanalysis and Freud, I highly recommend this book. END
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Historian of science Frank Sulloway wrote in the Preface to this 1978 book, "This book, a comprehensive intellectual biography of Sigmund Freud, seeks to bring both Freud and the history of psychoanalysis within the professional boundaries of the history of science... The present work is by no means the first to challenge the Freud legend. Dissident historical voices have been calling for a substantial reinterpretation of Freud and his achivements for many years..." (Pg. xiii)

He states in the first chapter, "it is my contention that many, if not most, of Freud's fundamental conceptions were biological by INSPIRATION as well as by implication. In my historical appraisal, Freud stands squarely within the intellectual lineage where he is, at once, a principal scientific heir of Charles Darwin and other evolutionary thinkers... At yet another level, this book is a case study in the psychology and the sociology of intellectual revolution... the insufficient recognition of Freud's debt to biology stems from ... the truly mythical proportions that Freud's life and achievements have assumed within the subsequent biographical and historical traditions in psychoanalysis." (Pg. 5) He adds, "That Freud was influenced by current evolutionary ideas is not by any means a new insight; but that he... was inspired in the specific manner that I shall describe in the course of this book is by no means sufficiently appreciated." (Pg. 20-21)

Of Freud's 1895 'Project for a Scientific Psychology' (an unpublished paper which only came to light in 1950), he wrote, "Thus, in 1950, a long-established view of Freud's intellectual development was suddenly confronted by a largely unanticipated chapter in the history of psychoanalysis. For there, in the neuroanatomical language of the Project...
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Historian of science Frank Sulloway wrote in the Preface to this 1978 book, "This book, a comprehensive intellectual biography of Sigmund Freud, seeks to bring both Freud and the history of psychoanalysis within the professional boundaries of the history of science... The present work is by no means the first to challenge the Freud legend. Dissident historical voices have been calling for a substantial reinterpretation of Freud and his achivements for many years..." (Pg. xiii)

He states in the first chapter, "it is my contention that many, if not most, of Freud's fundamental conceptions were biological by INSPIRATION as well as by implication. In my historical appraisal, Freud stands squarely within the intellectual lineage where he is, at once, a principal scientific heir of Charles Darwin and other evolutionary thinkers... At yet another level, this book is a case study in the psychology and the sociology of intellectual revolution... the insufficient recognition of Freud's debt to biology stems from ... the truly mythical proportions that Freud's life and achievements have assumed within the subsequent biographical and historical traditions in psychoanalysis." (Pg. 5) He adds, "That Freud was influenced by current evolutionary ideas is not by any means a new insight; but that he... was inspired in the specific manner that I shall describe in the course of this book is by no means sufficiently appreciated." (Pg. 20-21)

Of Freud's 1895 'Project for a Scientific Psychology' (an unpublished paper which only came to light in 1950), he wrote, "Thus, in 1950, a long-established view of Freud's intellectual development was suddenly confronted by a largely unanticipated chapter in the history of psychoanalysis. For there, in the neuroanatomical language of the Project...
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