Freud's Megalomania

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 1, 2001 - Fiction - 173 pages
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In an inventive blending of "comic energy and intellectual muscle" (The New Yorker), Israel Rosenfield serves up for our scrutiny and sheer delight Freud's long-lost last "manuscript," which reveals a Freud who in reflecting upon his life's work realizes that he has gotten it all wrong! A victim of his own self-delusion, Freud goes about setting the record straight with a preposterously seductive new theory of human behavior: it is not drives that motivate us, but rather our boundless capacity to deceive ourselves. Such are the explosive contents of his last manuscript, Megalomania. Its discovery years later prompts a postmortem that effectively puts the icon to rest, resurrects the man, and exposes the naivet of Freud's disciples and the megalomaniacal tendencies of his detractors. This "wise and witty" (Boston Sunday Globe) intellectual spoof delivers a surprising twist on history and a playful challenge to today's enduring Freud debate.
 

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What if Freud had left a final paper declaring, revolutionarily, that morality arises not from the guilt caused by Oedipal desires but, instead, from simple fear of the absolute, unchallengeable ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
11
Note on the Manuscript
36
Preface
39
An Apparent Oversight
57
The Rape
69
The Malingerers
74
The Obituary
79
The Inquiry
82
An Outdated Morality
93
Megalomania
100
The Hallucinating Superego
118
The Tower of Babel
133
Notes on a Conversation with Johnny von Neumann
154
A Final Note
163
Endnotes
165
Copyright

Paralysis
88

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About the author (2001)

Israel Rosenfield, author of a number of nonfiction books, writes frequently for the New York Review of Books and teaches history at the City University of New York.

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