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On Freud's The Future of an Illusion

1st Edition

Edited by Mary Kay O'Neil, Salman Akhtar


318 pages

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"The Future of an Illusion" reveals Freud's reflections about religion as well as his hope that in the future science will go beyond religion, and reason will replace faith in God. The discussion with an imaginary critic revealed his internal debate, mirroring the debate about this subject in the outside world. However, it also enlightens his way of thinking: deconstructing and constructing at the same time. This volume considers Freudian ideas and their implications today, while focusing on the contradictions and gaps in Freud's proposals. The question of the coexistence between religion and psychoanalysis, as well as the place of ideals, belief, illusion, and imagination - and, no less important, the benevolent and destructive aspects of religion - also come into play.

About the Editors

Salman Akhtar

About the Series

The International Psychoanalytical Association Contemporary Freud Turning Points and Critical Issues Series

This series considers at least two lines of development: a contemporary reading of Freud that reclaims his contributions and a clarification of the logical and epistemic perspectives from which he is read today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health