Changing the Scientific Study of Religion: Beyond Freud?: Theoretical, Empirical and Clinical Studies from Psychoanalytic Perspectives

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Jacob A. van Belzen
Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 18, 2009 - Religion - 319 pages
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The psychoanalytic approach to religion has changed radically during the course of the twentieth century. In both clinical and theoretical work in psychoanalysis, developments have taken place that frequently are not noted by persons who assume that all that can be said has been said by Freud.

The study of religious phenomena, persons, events and traditions has always been a substantial part of applied psychoanalysis and here also major developments have taken place. It is no exaggeration to state that the scientific study of religion has been revolutionized by the integration of psychological perspectives, including the field of psychoanalysis.

This volume differs from other recent publications on the topic of psychoanalysis and religion in drawing upon the entire field of psychoanalytic involvement with religion. It is interdisciplinary in approach and unlike other books on the topic brings together an exceptional combination of theoretical, empirical and clinical studies. No other book provides integrated examples of all three types of work.

 

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Contents

Past Freud Beyond Freud?
3
Changes in Psychoanalytic Research on Religiosity Clinical and Theoretical Studies
32
One Hundred Years After Freud Declared That Religion Was a Universal Obsessional Neurosis
33
Religious Conflicts in Psychoanalysis A Case Study
57
Religious Delusion in Psychosis and Hysteria
84
Psychoanalytic Contributions on the Mystical
111
The Adoration of the Crucified
141
Changes in the Scientific Research on Religion Empirical and Theoretical Studies
160
The Psychoanalytic Study of Myth Since Freud Pursuing the Dream
163
Psychoanalysis Meets Buddhism
179
Hinduism and Psychoanalysis
211
The Paternal Metaphor Revisited in PostFreudian French Religious Psychoanalytic Anthropology
243
Psychoanalytic and Philosophical Inquiries into Religious Subjectivity
275
Julia Kristeva and the Psychoanalytic Study of Religion
295
Index
313
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