FREUD by Reuben Fine

FREUD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As an examination, clarification and critical review, Reuben Fine's ""reevaluation"" offers a well-ordered, well-taken, chronologically exact summarization of all the psycho-analytical fundamentals, how they were formulated, why and when some were revised, which now are classics and which passe. It is Dr. Fine's contention that the breakdown of Freudians into so-called new schools was an ""historical error"" and one based on a misreading of the master. The exploration of neurosis as sexual causation, the libido theory giving way to the ego-libido concept, the repetition-compulsion, the grappling with total personality, the entry into cultural anthropology whereby all societies show similar unconscious processes, the Oedipal situation taken as a universal, the major case histories (Schreber's paranoia, the Wolf Man, etc.), and the establishment of Eros and the Death Instinct as the two basic drives -- all these and others make up the Freudian canon. Those wishing a transvaluation and interpretation as found in the recent works of Marcuse, Brown and Reiff will not find it here; what they will find is a brimmingly complete inventory with in-a-nutshell commentary.

Pub Date: Sept. 19th, 1962
Publisher: McKay