Viktor Frankl was a psychiatrist and philosopher who survived the Holocaust and went on to found the third school of Viennese psychotherapy. This book is an intellectual biography of Frankl, describing his early immersion in Freudianism, his connection to Alfred Adler, and the development of logotherapy in the 1930s. After the Holocaust, Frankl took on a prominent public role as a survivor in postwar Austria, and in the United States as part of the humanistic psychology movement. By critically examining the details of his intellectual life, including some previously unknown biographical details, we can begin to see the fascinating ambiguities and contradictions in Frankl's thought.
Timothy Edward Pytell is Chair of the History department at California State University, San Bernardino. He has written extensively on Holocaust survivors and a truncated version of this biography, titled Viktor Frankl: Das Ende eines Mythos, was published in German in 2005.
Introduction: Viktor Frankl and Man's Search for Meaning Chapter 1. The First Attempt to Find Meaning Chapter 2. The Second Attempt to Find meaning Chapter 3. Frankl's Ordination: From Theory to Praxis Chapter 4. The Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy Chapter 5. The Doctor Perseveres Chapter 6. Surviving and Working Through to Redemption Chapter 7. The Flight into the Spiritual Chapter 8. Forgetting, Reconfiguring and Vergangheitsbewaltigung Chapter 9. Frankl in America: Transcending the Angel Beast Bibliography Index