Why Did Freud Reject God?: A Psychodynamic Interpretation by Ana-maría RizzutoWhy Did Freud Reject God?: A Psychodynamic Interpretation by Ana-maría Rizzuto

Why Did Freud Reject God?: A Psychodynamic Interpretation

byAna-maría Rizzuto

Hardcover | October 11, 1998

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In this book a widely recognized authority on religion and psychoanalysis takes a fascinating journey into Freud’s past to examine the roots of his atheism. Dr. Ana-María Rizzuto reviews and reorganizes data about Freud’s development and life circumstances to provide a psychodynamic interpretation of his rejection of God. She argues that Freud’s early life and family relationships made it psychically impossible for him to believe in a provident and caring divine being.

The book traces significant aspects of Freud’s relationship with his father and mother, his childhood nanny, and other relatives and outlines his religious evolution from somewhat conventional beliefs as a young boy to adult unbelief. Dr. Rizzuto presents significant new details about the Philippson Bible—a copy of which Freud’s father presented to Sigmund on his thirty-fifth birthday—and shows how the illustrations in that edition related to Freud’s passion for collecting antiquities. The book brings to light critical aspects of Freud’s early and late object relations and their lasting impact on his rejection of God.

Title:Why Did Freud Reject God?: A Psychodynamic InterpretationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:October 11, 1998Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300075251

ISBN - 13:9780300075250

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Perhaps the greatest analyst of all receives analysis in this riveting work exploring his atheism. Why Did Freud Reject God? explores the man's childhood and family relationships, which the author believes ultimately led to his inability to accept a divine being. Author Ana-Maria Rizzuto documents the fascinating evolution of Freud's religious belief.