Freud, Biologist of the Mind: Beyond the Psychoanalytic Legend

  • Title: Freud, Biologist of the Mind: Beyond the Psychoanalytic Legend
  • Author: Frank J. Sulloway
  • ISBN: 9780674323353
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Paperback
  • Freud Biologist of the Mind Beyond the Psychoanalytic Legend This monumental intellectual biography of Freud is the st serious reassessment of his work since Ernest Jones classic biography Drawing upon many new sources including a detailed study of his privat
    This monumental intellectual biography of Freud is the 1st serious reassessment of his work since Ernest Jones classic biography Drawing upon many new sources, including a detailed study of his private library, Sulloway demonstrates that Freud, in spite of later denials, always remained a biologist of the mind, that, indeed, his most creative inspirations derived fromThis monumental intellectual biography of Freud is the 1st serious reassessment of his work since Ernest Jones classic biography Drawing upon many new sources, including a detailed study of his private library, Sulloway demonstrates that Freud, in spite of later denials, always remained a biologist of the mind, that, indeed, his most creative inspirations derived from biology In a series of detective like reconstructions he shows how psychoanalysis arose when Freud, influenced by contemporary Darwinian biology the bizarre researches of his intimate friend Wilhelm Fliess, substituted an evolutionary for a physiological model of mind This revolutionary reassessment of Freud psychoanalysis runs directly counter to what both Freud his followers have propagated a mythology picturing him as the lonely psychoanalytic hero who, by himself against a universally hostile outside world, invented a totally original psychology thru analyses of his patients himself Sulloway not only unmasks the historical distortions behind this legend, but exposes the political functions it s served in psychoanalytic history Brilliantly written, meticulously researched, this work transforms our understanding of Freud.

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    About Frank J. Sulloway


    1. Frank J Sulloway is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology, and also a member of the Institute of Personality and Social Research, at the University of California, Berkeley He has a Ph.D in the history of science from Harvard University 1978 and is a former MacArthur Fellow 1984 1989 Dr Sulloway has been the recipient of fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study Princeton, New Jersey , the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science University of California, Berkeley , the National Science Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Stanford, California In addition, Dr Sulloway is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Linnean Society of London, and is a recipient of the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement 1997 He lives in Berkeley, California.


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    1. This is both an intellectual biography of Sigmund Freud and a history of early psychoanalytic theory. Solloway's thesis is that basically Freud remained a materialist despite his formulation of a psychological science, that his models of the mind were but temporary formulations until a full, biological understanding of mental functioning could be arrived at. The argument, while definitely intended to be tendentiously controversial, is quite plausible

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    2. An ambitious, and almost absurdly long, scientific/intellectual biography of Freud. Sulloway focuses on Freud and the question of science, which is to say, he focuses on the scientific influences in Freud's thought, as well as the scientific status of psychoanalysis. The material is complex, exhausting, and nearly interminable, but the argument is simple: there is an essential continuity in Freud's program from beginning to end. As a committed psychobiologist of the mind, Freud understood the pr [...]

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    3. In this very detailed intellectual history of Freud's work, Sulloway argues that Freud was extensively influenced by Darwinian evolutionary theory (more precisely, by a Lamarkian version) and also, less directly, by Schopenhauer's theory of the Will, interpreted as sexual energy. These twin currents that filled late 19th century scientific perspectives in Europe moved sex to the forefront of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory. Freud was so vested in this perspective, Sulloway argues, that he strenu [...]

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