Freud on the Couch

A Critical Introduction to the Father of Psychoanalysis

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About The Book

A major new, myth-busting introduction to one of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), founder of psychoanalysis, is one of the most famous thinkers of modern times. But despite (and perhaps because of) his notoriety, his work is frequently encumbered by mistranslations, clichés, and misconceptions.

In this landmark assessment of the great theorist, Professor Beverley Clack reveals a more complex Freud than the one with whom we are commonly presented. Casting new light on a man often unfairly derided as obsessed with sex and rigid theory, Clack argues that he was as concerned with “the death drive” as the “sex drive” and that his fierce critique of religion masked a fascination with spiritual, existential, and philosophical questions.

Revealing how the work of philosophers such as Schopenhauer and Nietzsche influenced Freud far more than he cared to admit, Clack explains his key ideas and case studies in the context of his eventful life. Including a detailed exploration of hysteria and its foundational role in his theories, this myth-busting introduction is a vital insight into why Freud’s thought is still so relevant today.

About The Author

Beverly Clack is Professor in Philosophy of Religion at Oxford Brookes University. She is the author of Sex and Death: A Reappraisal of Human Mortality.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (September 1, 2013)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781780742632

Raves and Reviews

“Thoughtful, creative and well written. Clack has the ability to sum complex ideas in a succinct and readable manner.” 

– Alistair Ross, Director of Studies in Psychodynamic Studies and Psychology, University of Oxford

“A lively and engaging introduction to Freud for the general reader.”

– Peter L. Rudnytsky, Professor of English, University of Florida and author of Freud and Oedipus, The

"Well-written, well-informed, and engaging."

– Janet Sayers - Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology, University of Kent

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