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Description - Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality by Sigmund Freud

The traditional story about the historical origins of Freudian psychoanalysis implies that the Oedipus complex was part of Freudian theory from the very beginning. However, in this first edition of Three Essays on Sexuality, first published in 1905 and never before translated into English, we find no reference whatsoever to the Oedipus complex. Is there a Freudian psychoanalysis that is not Oedipal? This first version of Freud's Three Essays articulates just such a non-Oedipal psychoanalysis. As such, it still has a definite 'emancipatory' potential; Freudian psychoanalysis is not Oedipal in its very nature. It is only from 1909 onwards that psychoanalysis tends to become a sophisticated defence of what Freud first called the 'popular opinion' about sexuality. It was precisely this 'popular opinion' that psychoanalysis originally was meant to deconstruct. Is there a Freudian escape - that is an escape that remains not so much within Freudian orthodoxy, but at least within its inspiration - from this impasse? If Freud has respected more systematically his own original thesis, could it be that the Oedipus complex wouldn't be the shibboleth of psychoanalysis?Not only is this first edition less Oedipal than is generally believed, but it also contains the elements for thinking a 'non-Oedipal' psychoanalysis; a Freud against Oedipus.
Introduction by Philippe Van Haute

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781784783587
ISBN-10: 1784783587
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Imprint: Verso Books
Publisher: Verso Books
Publish Date: 3-Jan-2017
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud was born in Freiberg, which is now known as the Czech Republic, on May 6, 1856. Freud developed psychoanalysis, a method through which an analyst unpacks unconscious conflicts based on the free associations, dreams and fantasies of the patient. His theories on child sexuality, libido and the ego, among other topics, were some of the most influential academic concepts of the twentieth century. (Introduction by) Philippe Van Haute studied in Leuven, Strasbourg and Paris. He is currently professor of philosophical anthropology and a practicing psychoanalyst of the Belgian School of Psychoanalysis of which he was president from 2006-2009. He is a fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study since 2010. He was awarded the 'Van Helsdingenprijs' for Psychiatry and Philosophy in 1992.

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