Freud, civilization, religion and stoicism

Kirsner, Douglas 2006, Freud, civilization, religion and stoicism, Psychoanalytic psychology, vol. 23, no. 2, Spring, pp. 354-366.

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Title Freud, civilization, religion and stoicism
Author(s) Kirsner, Douglas
Journal name Psychoanalytic psychology
Volume number 23
Issue number 2
Season Spring
Start page 354
End page 366
Publisher American Psychological Association
Place of publication New Jersey, N.J.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0736-9735
1939-1331
Keyword(s) Freud
psychoanalysis
civilization
religion
stoicism
Summary Freud's debt to stoicism has been seldom discussed. His attitude toward science had a distinct ethical slant taken from the ancient world, via Freud's humanistic education. Freud's method involved detachment but did not imply moral coldness and indifference any more than stoicism did. The stoics wanted to be therapists of the mind just as physicians cared for the body. For both Freud and the stoics, reason was in battle with the passions and required clear sight to have a chance of prevailing over them. In contrasting religious worldviews with the scientific approach, Freud failed to see his own approach as ethical. Freud made extensive forays at individual and collective levels but in the years since Freud's death, the psychoanalytic vision has narrowed. At 150 years after his birth, the authors can still admire Freud's exceptional ethical courage and recognize that if psychoanalysis is to survive, it needs to regain his cultural range and spirit of critical inquiry
Language eng
Field of Research 220299 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, American Psychological Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004021

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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