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Freud for Historians - Peter Gay

Freud for Historians

By: Peter Gay

Paperback Published: 18th December 1986
ISBN: 9780195042283
Number Of Pages: 272

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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.

Industry Reviews

"Incisive, persuasive, a delight to read....[It] should spark wide controversy for a long time to come."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Gay is one of those rare academics whose competence in psychoanalysis is hardly less than his expertise in historical research."--The New York Times Book Review

"An impassioned, compelling argument for the utility of the psychoanalytic perspective to inform historical studies."--Library Journal

"[An] elegant and incisive defence of psychoanalysis."--The Guardian (London)

"Delightful....Gay deals constructively and candidly with genuine difficulties historians have found with Freud....We should all be grateful for this graceful, wise, and witty essay that makes us more sensitive to the complexities of the human experience and urges historians to join forces with psychoanalysts in an amicable search for the truth about the past."--American Historical Review

List of Abbreviationsp. 2
The Argument: Defenses Against Psychoanalysisp. 3
Secret Needs of the Heartp. 6
The Claims of Freudp. 42
Human Nature in Historyp. 78
Reason, Reality, Psychoanalysis and the Historianp. 116
From Couch to Culturep. 144
The Program in Practicep. 181
Bibliographyp. 213
Acknowledgmentsp. 239
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9780195042283
ISBN-10: 019504228X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 18th December 1986
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 14.22  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.36