A Godless Jew: Freud, Atheism, and the Making of Psychoanalysis


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"Why did none of the devout create psychoanalysis? Why did it have to wait for a completely godless Jew?" Freud once asked. In this book, the eminent historian and Freud scholar Peter Gay enters the long-running controversy about the relationship between religion and psychoanalysis. Gay takes seriously Freud's claim that he was an atheist and argues that atheism was an essential stance for the making of psychoanalysis. He contends, in fact, that Judaism was not essential and that psychoanalysis is not a "Jewish science," as ...

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