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Freud : From Individual Psychology to Group Psychology

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Freud: From Individual Psychology to Group Psychology, by M. Andrew Holowchak, explores Freudian psychoanalysis as a full-fledged science, as it relates psychoanalytically to issues of individual psychology (Individualpsychologie) and group psychology (Massenpsychologie). Holowchak analyzes Freud's shift in focus in his mature years away from psychoanalysis as a "curative" method for treating individual neurosis, to psychoanalysis as a full-fledged science of the human psyche that essays to shed light on group issues, such as religiosity and war.show more

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  • Hardback | 202 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0765709457
  • 9780765709455
  • 2,209,651

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Holowchak (Rider Univ.) has written what may be considered an unadorned close reading of Freud's works as they move thematically from a focus on individual psychology to group psychology. As such, the book's greatest use will be as a reference guide to the Freudian corpus. The book's critical insights are few and unoriginal, and the greatest part of the book is devoted to summary and citation of the Freudian opus. Attention to the historical context of Freud's thought is scant, and the author pays no attention to Freud's contributions to the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society (1906-18), the discussion of which would have illuminated more fully the turn from individual to group psychology. For the student first coming to Freud, this book will be helpful for its balanced view of the psychoanalytic project...Summing Up: Recommended. CHOICE Holowchak has refused to adhere to the dogmas of Freud bashers. Although his insistence on taking Freud seriously as a scientist keeps Holowchak in the Pittsburgh tradition of skeptical scholarship on Freud that goes back to Laudan, Glymour, and Grunbaum, Holowchak eschews fashionable dogmas to create a new book that extends his previous work on Freud. Holowchak continues to display the originality that has marked his work on ancient philosophy and dreams, his Freudian novel, Hotel Bob, his work on the practice and philosophy of sport, as well as his scholarship on Thomas Jefferson. -- Michael Lavin Ph.D, 59th Medical Wing of the US Air Force Holowchak's Freud: From Individual Psychology to Group Psychology is a genuine tour de force. By scrupulously and critically analyzing Freudian psychoanalysis as a peculiar and often speculative science of unconscious mental processes, Holowchak shows how Freud's theory is still of utmost philosophical relevance. Like Freud's later work, this book is indispensable for anyone with an interest in culture and its accompanying discontents. Highly recommended! -- Andreas De Block Ph.D, Catholic University Leuven A splendid book! Unusual in this day and age, Holowchak rises above the field torn between detractors and defenders of psychoanalysis to offer an utterly fair-minded appraisal of Freud's opus. In a brilliantly lucid presentation, criticizing without global condemnation, appreciating within sober limits, he offers a wide-angle view of Freud's efforts. Almost alone among commentators of today, he extends his analysis to include "metapsychology," the frequently maligned speculative theory which Freud developed in his later years. Everyone with any interest in Freud will be intrigued by the careful tracing of the thought process which enabled him to turn the crude instinctual, sexual and aggressive urges of the early empirical hypothesis into the final theory's cosmic powers of life and death. Because of the clarity of the presentation, the reader new to Freud studies will welcome this book as a superb introduction to the field. -- Rosemarie Sponner Sandshow more

About M. Andrew Holowchak

M. Andrew Holowchak, PhD teaches Philosophy at Rider University in Lawrence, New Jersey. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers in areas such as ethics, psychoanalysis, ancient philosophy and science, philosophy of sport, and social and political philosophy and has authored 19 books.show more

Table of contents

Preface Part I: Psychoanalysis as Individual Therapy Chapter 1: Towards Individualpsychologie Chapter 2: Methods of Therapy Chapter 3: Individualpsychologie as Praxis Chapter 4: Efficacy of Individualpsychologie Part II: Psychoanalysis as Group Therapy Chapter 5: Toward Massenpsychologie Chapter 6: Philosophy, Art, and Religion Chapter 7: Psychoanalysis and other Sciences Chapter 8: Efficacy of Massenpsychologie Bibliographyshow more