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Freud for Historians Peter Gay

Freud for Historians

Peter Gay

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ISBN : 9780195042283
Paperback
272 pages
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Is psychoanalysis a legitimate tool for helping us understand the past? Many traditional historians have answered with an emphatic no, greeting the introduction of Freud into historical study with responses ranging from condescending skepticism toMoreIs psychoanalysis a legitimate tool for helping us understand the past? Many traditional historians have answered with an emphatic no, greeting the introduction of Freud into historical study with responses ranging from condescending skepticism to outrage. Now Peter Gay, one of Americas leading historians, builds an eloquent case for history informed by psychoanalysis and offers an impressive rebuttal to the charges of the professions anti-Freudians.In this book, Gay takes on the oppositions arguments, defending psychoanalysis as a discipline that can enhance social, economic, and literary studies. No mere polemic, Freud for Historians is a thoughtful and detailed contribution to a major intellectual debate.