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"Although there may be a veritable torrent of books on Freud, there are few that can compare with this one in its historical breadth and detail and the comprehensiveness of its critique of Freudian theory... an important achievement... indispensable for any serious student of psychoanalytic theory." Morris N. Eagle, Contemporary Psychology

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Malcolm Macmillan is Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology at Deakin University, Australia.

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HASH(0x97df4420) out of 5 stars Freud's sources and errors 6 Dec. 2000
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An astonishingly rich and documented critics of Freud's theory and sources, this book reviews the evolution of the early psychoanalysis and attempts to describe where and how Freud went wrong. Starting from Charcot's neurology and psychiatry, developed during the second half of XIX century, the medical theories about neurosis are examined in relation to their impact on Freud's early formulations. I had not realized, before reading this book how deep was Charcot's influence on young Freud and to what extent Freud tried to develop the theories of his master in order to increase their explanatory power. Unfortunately, the far Freud went on in his theory, and the more it became comprehensive, the less it was "scientific" and could be directly compared with empyrical evidence. In his fifties Freud had developed a powerful therapeutic instrument, whose scientific foundations were however unproven and most probably impossible to test; any further theoretical improvement went farther and farther away from contemporary medical science. Macmillan reconstructs the history of a marvelous failure and explains why the status of modern psychoanalysis is so uncertain. This book is exceedingly critical against the so called "ermeneutic" interpretation of psychoanalysis, that suggests psychoanalysis to be similar to the art of interpreting books and stories, but it is nevertheless a must for anyone interested in psychology.
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HASH(0x97df6f0c) out of 5 stars A must read book, but limited in certain respects 27 July 2011
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If I had to review Malcolm Macmillan's Freud Evaluated in a single sentence, it would unfortunately have to be, "This book tries to do too much for one book." Macmillan attempts to discredit Freud's theories, but the task of discrediting Freud comprehensively and thoroughly is simply too much for one book, even one of 762 pages. Freud wrote and thought far too much, and his ideas are far too complicated, for this to be a manageable task. Freud Evaluated is, nevertheless, essential reading for anyone interested in Freud or psychoanalysis. Macmillan's criticisms of Freud are to a large extent derivative of the enormous body of critical literature on psychoanalysis that has been accumulating for decades, but he works his way through that material so thoroughly that anyone who wants to see what criticisms have been made of Freud will have to read him. Macmillan's sources include numerous analytic writers (despite their reputation as slavish followers of their master, post-Freudian psychoanalysts were often highly critical of many of Freud's original theories). One of Macmillan's key sources in his critique of Freud's theory of infantile sexuality is Irving Bieber, a once extremely influential but now vilified figure better known for his theories about homosexuality.

The quality of Macmillan's arguments (when he makes real arguments at all instead of uncritically citing existing literature critical of Freud, in effect assuming that the fact that someone criticized Freud by itself proves that Freud must have been mistaken) is extremely variable. He makes a good case against parts of Freud's theories, such as the death instinct and the dream theory, but a poor case against others. His section on infantile sexuality is somewhat confused: it seems to move back and forth between saying that perversions are genuinely sexual and saying that they aren't, without the inconsistency being resolved.

I believe the uneven quality of Macmillan's arguments, which are less rigorous than their dry and often extremely technical nature would suggest and hardly represent the last word on Freud, is partly due to the overly-ambitious nature of his project. Had he written something more narrowly focused and limited in its ambitions, Macmillan would have had time to think the issues through more carefully and produced a better book; as it was, attempting the monumental task of evaluating the whole of Freud's work, he inevitably makes a mess of some things and thereby limits his overall achievement. Counter-arguments against many of Macmillian's criticisms of Freud certainly exist, but you won't read much about them in Freud Evaluated. Among the literature Macmillan ignores is Christopher Badcock's Oedipus in Evolution, which presents a case against the idea that the Oedipus complex is an evolutionary impossibility, something Macmillan thinks beyond question (here, as too often in this book, he is simply citing other people's work - Martin Daly and Margo Wilson's, in this case - and echoing its conclusions). Freud Evaluated may be the best purely negative critique of Freud in the scholarly literature, but it is rather one-sided and anyone wanting to understand the issues it addresses should take the trouble to read literature more favorable to psychoanalysis as well.
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