Multiculturalism multilingualism and the birth of psychoanalysis. I: Crosscurrents in fin de siécle Central Europe

  • The paper explores the wider sociocultural background of the origins of psychoanalysis. Born within the liberal Jewish community of Central Europe and built by marginal people who thrived on otherness, psychoanalysis may have originated as a creative transformation of conflicts between orthodoxy and assimilation, and between the Hebrew and Classical Greek traditions. Similarities between Jewish scholarly thought and psychoanalysis are further elaborated on, especially the aspect of mobile/dynamic >becoming< compared with static >being<: both psychoanalyst and Jewish scholar travel through human experience from place to place. This enduring movement, designed for physical and psychological survival, adaptation, and sublimation, roots and anchors them both.

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Author:Martin Mahler
Parent Title (English):International Forum of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 24 (No. 1, 2015), pp. 29-31.
Document Type:Articles
Year of first Publication:2015
Release Date:2016/09/29
Format:PDF-scan upon request / PDF-Scan auf Anfrage
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