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Freud, the Unconscious and the 'Irreligious' Psychoanalysis of Religion

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1. Title Title of document Freud, the Unconscious and the 'Irreligious' Psychoanalysis of Religion - Legacies of the Occult
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Marsha Aileen Hewitt; University of Toronto;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Psychoanalysis
4. Subject Keyword(s) William James; Frederic Myers; telepathy; thought transference; unconscious communication; psychoanalysis; religious psychology;
5. Subject Subject classification Religious Psychology
6. Description Abstract This chapter introduces key concepts such as the unconscious and the psychobiological dimensions of Freud’s concept of archaic inheritance, situating them in relation to more contemporary evolutionary theories. The inadequacy of literalist readings of Freud both distort and obscure the deeper symbolic meanings of theories such as his use of the Oedipus narrative and the primal horde. A detailed discussion of Freud and Jung on the nature of the unconscious and its relationship with other mental agencies identifies the decisive differences between Freud’s thoroughly irreligious naturalistic treatment of the unconscious and Jung’s far more spiritual approach. Jung’s religious psychology and that of William James, who was an important influence on his thinking, are two of the intellectual ancestors of mystical trends in contemporary American psychoanalysis.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Jul-2020
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.27414
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Legacies of the Occult
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) world,
nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd