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Travelling the Path from Fantasy to History: The Struggle for Original History within Freud's Early Circle, 1908-1913 (2010)


Between 1908 and 1913, Freud and his disciples debated different theories of the origins of mankind, which Freud analysed in the context of his theory of neuroses. Wittels was the first of this group to present, in 1908, what Freud labelled a "fantasy" on the subject. Wittels contemplated various prehistoric scenarios (such as a murder of the father by his children) which he postulated as potential explanations for the origin of man's conception of religion, law and state. Freud (1913) eventually conceived his own human prehistory which differed significantly from the ideas of Wittels and his other disciples (Jung, Tausk) and allowed him to claim he now held a "historical" point of view that his disciples were missing.

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Authors & Contributors
Bergstein, Mary
Borch-Jacobsen, Mikkel
Crone, Anna Lisa
Desmazières, Agnès
Dufresne, Todd Raymond
Gerisch, Benigna
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
History of Psychiatry
History of the Human Sciences
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Psychologie und Geschichte
Cambridge University Press
Academic Press
Basic Books
Columbia University Press
Cornell University Press
Science and religion
Philosophy of science
Freud, Sigmund
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
Einstein, Albert
Ginzburg, Carlo
Grünbaum, Adolf
Jung, Carl Gustav
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
21st century
Soviet Union
United States

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