Freud's Moses: Judaism Terminable and Interminable

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Yale University Press, 1993 - Psychology - 159 pages
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This remarkable book provides fascinating new insights into Freud's intentions in writing Moses and Monotheism-his only work specifically devoted to a Jewish theme. Yerushalmi presents the work as Freud's psychoanalytic history of the Jews, Judaism, and the Jewish psyche-his attempt, under the shadow of Nazism, to discover what has made the Jews what they are. In the process, Yerushalmi's eloquent and sensitive exploration of Freud's controversial final work provides a reappraisal of Freud's feelings toward his own Judaism. "Yerushalmi has written a dazzlingly brilliant book. Reading it is to take an exciting journey through the spaces of mind-an adventure of intellect. This book is an extraordinary achievement, one that will be discussed and debated for many years."-Irving Howe

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User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

As I have come to expect from Yosef Yerushalmi, this book is learned and fascinating but it is his final chapter that shows what motivated him to write this and makes this an exceptionally fine book. Read full review

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User Review  - Joe Spencer - Goodreads

Fascinating as history, remarkable as archivology, vital for Derridean philosophy. Read full review


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About the author (1993)

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi is the Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture, and Society at Columbia University. The author of numerous books, Yerushalmi received his B.A. from Yeshiva University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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