Sigmund Freud was already internationally acclaimed as the principal founder of psychoanalysis when he turned his attention to the life of Leonardo da Vinci. It remained Freud’s favourite composition. Compressing many of his insights into a few pages, the result is a fascinating picture of some of Freud’s fundamental ideas, including human sexuality, dreams, and repression. It is an equally compelling – and controversial – portrait of Leonardo and the creative forces that according to Freud lie behind some of his great works, including the Mona Lisa.
With a new foreword by Maria Walsh.
1. Foreword to the Routledge Great Minds 2. Preface to the 1922 Edition 3. Editor's note 4. Leonardo da Vinci: a memory of his childhood
ROUTLEDGE GREAT MINDS
Myth and Meaning Claude Levi-Strauss
Relativity Albert Einstein
The Sovereignty of Good Iris Murdoch
What I Believe Bertrand Russell
Leonardo da Vinci Sigmund Freud
The Undiscovered Self Carl Gustav Jung
Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions Jean-Paul Sartre
Tractatus-Logico-Philosophicus Ludwig Wittgenstein
Letter to a Priest Simone Weil
On Dialogue David Bohm
Routledge Classics is a stable of over two hundred ground-breaking books which inspire, enlighten and provoke in equal measure. Routledge Great Minds presents ten of the best shorter works from the Classics series where some of its leading authors provide, in brief and accessible form, pithy statements of their ideas and arguments. Ideal for those unfamiliar with their work as a whole, for the time-pressed, or for the merely curious, these books contain the ideas of a great thinker in a nutshell. They are also an excellent starting point for anyone coming to Routledge Classics for the first time. Each volume includes a new foreword by a leading authority in the field.