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The Religious and Romantic Origins of Psychoanalysis: Individuation and Integration in Post-Freudian Theory (Cambridge Cultural Social Studies)

The Religious and Romantic Origins of Psychoanalysis: Individuation and Integration in Post-Freudian Theory (Cambridge Cultural Social Studies)

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Suzanne R. Kirschner
Cambridge University Press, 2/23/1996
EAN 9780521444019, ISBN10: 0521444012

Hardcover, 254 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

In this book, Suzanne Kirschner traces the origins of contemporary psychoanalysis back to the foundations of Judaeo-Christian culture, and challenges the prevailing view that modern theories of the self mark a radical break with religious and cultural tradition. Instead, she argues, they offer an account of human development which has its beginnings in biblical theology and neoplatonic mysticism. Drawing on a wide range of religious, literary, philosophical and anthropological sources, Dr Kirschner demonstrates that current Anglo-American psychoanalytic theories are but the latest version of a narrative that has been progressively secularized over the course of nearly two millennia. She displays a deep understanding of psychoanalytic theories, while at the same time raising provocative questions about their status as knowledge and as science.

Introduction
1. Toward a cultural genealogy of psychoanalytic developmental psychology
2. The assenting ego
Anglo-American values in contemporary psychoanalytic developmental psychology
3. The developmental narrative
the design of psychological history
4. Theological sources of the idea of development
5. The Christian mystical narrative
Neoplatonism and Christian mysticism
6. Jacob Boehme
towards worldly mysticism
7. Romantic thought
from worldly mysticism to natural supernaturalism
8. Personal supernaturalism
the cultural genealogy of the psychoanalytic developmental narrative
Conclusion.