This book sheds a new light on Freud who, from the beginning, was aware that the edifice he was constructing - psychoanalysis - which revealed in each individual an "ego not master in its own house" -, had clear implications for understanding collective human behaviour. This man was profoundly concerned with matters of peace and war, religion, morality and civilisation.
The authors' political focus is unusual, and their choice of quotes from lesser-known sources holds great interest. Freud's interlocutors include Oskar Pfisrer, Swiss pastor and lay analyst; Einstein; and the American diplomat William Bullitt, with whom Freud wrote a study of President Wilson, entitled Thomas Widrow Wilson. A Psychological Study. In the Introduction to this book, written in 1930, Freud describes Wilson as a person for whom mere facts held no significance; he esteemed highly nothing but human motives and opinions.
RENE MAJOR is a renowned psychoanalyst practising in Paris. He was director of the Institut de psychanalyse de Paris and program director at the College international de philosophie. He founded the magazine Confrontation, as well as Contretemps, a publication linking contemporary art to literature, philosophy and psychoanalysis. He is director of the Institut des hautes etudes en psychanalyse and the author of numerous books. CHANTAL TALAGRAND is a psychoanalyst practising in Paris. She was editor-in-chief of Confrontation and Contretemps and director of the section on psychoanalysis in the Dictionnaire universel des creatrices. She has published many articles in France and abroad.
FOREWORD Why Burn Freud's Books? Vienna at the End of the 19th Century Family Portrait Kindred Spirits in Literature and Philosophy Revenants Questioning the Teachers A Fortunate Contretemps The Lure of the South Sexuality Theories 10. Freud the Man 11. The First Circle of Followers 12. Case Histories 13. The War Years 14. Death 15. Life without Illusions 16. The Right to Psychoanalysis 17. Why War 18. The Unpromised Land Timeline of Life Events