Freud for Historians

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Oxford University Press, 1985 - History - 252 pages
Is psychoanalysis a legitimate tool for helping us understand the past? Many traditional historians have answered with an emphatic no, greeting the introduction of Freud into historical study with responses ranging from condescending skepticism to outrage. Now Peter Gay, one of America's leading historians, builds an eloquent case for "history informed by psychoanalysis" and offers an impressive rebuttal to the charges of the profession's anti-Freudians.

In this book, Gay takes on the opposition's arguments, defending psychoanalysis as a discipline that can enhance social, economic, and literary studies. No mere polemic, Freud for Historians is a thoughtful and detailed contribution to a major intellectual debate.


 

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“Freud for Historians” is the third book of a trilogy that began with “Style in History” (1974) and “Art and Act” (1976). In the earlier books, Gay used some unchallenged assumptions of his field, and ... Read full review

Contents

DEFENSES AGAINST PSYCHOANALYSIS
3
SECRET NEEDS OF THE HEART
6
THE CLAIMS OF FREUD
42
HUMAN NATURE IN HISTORY
78
REASON REALITY PSYCHOANALYSIS AND THE HISTORIAN
116
FROM COUCH TO CULTURE
144
THE PROGRAM IN PRACTICE
181
BIBLIOGRAPHY
213
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
239
INDEX
243
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Peter Gay is at University of Yale.

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