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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (21 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691145520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691145525
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
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The main focus is Freud as an ethical and social thinker who, while drawing on multiple sources of classical humanism, prepares the way for a new humanism informed by the insights of psychoanalysis. Tauber offers important chapters devoted to the intellectual ferment of 19th-century German philosophy and its influence on Freud. -- Choice


[A] tour de force. -- Elisabeth Young-Breuhl, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

The main focus is Freud as an ethical and social thinker who, while drawing on multiple sources of classical humanism, prepares the way for a new humanism informed by the insights of psychoanalysis. Tauber offers important chapters devoted to the intellectual ferment of 19th-century German philosophy and its influence on Freud. -- "Choice

Tauber provides a scholarly exposition, and the book is helpful for appreciating the diverse background influences on Freud's thinking. Furthermore, Tauber also clearly has an exhaustive knowledge of Freud's writing and is well read with respect to contemporary philosophically oriented psychoanalytic writers.--Simon Boag "PsycCRITIQUES "

Tauber's patient exposition of Freud's suppressed philosophical heritage becomes a tour de force when he turns back beyond Schopenhauer to Kant.--Lesley Chamberlain "New Statesman "

I feel a great deal of sympathy towards Tauber's project, and his analysis is rich, interesting and engaged.--Johan Eriksson "Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review "

[A] tour de force.--Elisabeth Young-Breuhl "Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association "


Tauber's patient exposition of Freud's suppressed philosophical heritage becomes a tour de force when he turns back beyond Schopenhauer to Kant.
--Lesley Chamberlain "New Statesman "


Tauber provides a scholarly exposition, and the book is helpful for appreciating the diverse background influences on Freud's thinking. Furthermore, Tauber also clearly has an exhaustive knowledge of Freud's writing and is well read with respect to contemporary philosophically oriented psychoanalytic writers.
--Simon Boag "PsycCRITIQUES "


I feel a great deal of sympathy towards Tauber's project, and his analysis is rich, interesting and engaged.
--Johan Eriksson "Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review "


[A] tour de force.
--Elisabeth Young-Breuhl "Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association "


This is an attractively written and deeply illuminating study of Freud as moral philosopher. . . . I found it an extremely clear and penetrating discussion not just of Freud but also of the philosophical arguments to which he was heir and which, implicitly if not always explicitly, played themselves out in his writing. There are long endnotes for readers who want more on the issues or on the existing literature (and the bibliography is extensive); Tauber is an admirably assured guide.
--Roger Smith "British Journal for the History of Science "

This is an attractively written and deeply illuminating study of Freud as moral philosopher. . . . This book goes a long way to explain the positive side of the continued interest and, indeed, to explain why Freud will continue to fascinate, leaving far behind by-now stale debate about whether or not he created a science.--Roger Smith "British Journal for the History of Science "

"Tauber's patient exposition of Freuds suppressed philosophical heritage becomes a tour de force when he turns back beyond Schopenhauer to Kant."--Lesley Chamberlain, "New Statesman"

"[A] tour de force."--Elisabeth Young-Breuhl, "Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association"

""Freud, the Reluctant Philosopher" is an erudite, thoughtful and challenging book, which amply repays the investment of working through it."--Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan, "European Legacy"

"Tauber's patient exposition of Freud's suppressed philosophical heritage becomes a tour de force when he turns back beyond Schopenhauer to Kant."--Lesley Chamberlain, New Statesman

"The main focus is Freud as an ethical and social thinker who, while drawing on multiple sources of classical humanism, prepares the way for a new humanism informed by the insights of psychoanalysis. Tauber offers important chapters devoted to the intellectual ferment of 19th-century German philosophy and its influence on Freud."--Choice

"Tauber provides a scholarly exposition, and the book is helpful for appreciating the diverse background influences on Freud's thinking. Furthermore, Tauber also clearly has an exhaustive knowledge of Freud's writing and is well read with respect to contemporary philosophically oriented psychoanalytic writers."--Simon Boag, PsycCRITIQUES

"I feel a great deal of sympathy towards Tauber's project, and his analysis is rich, interesting and engaged."--Johan Eriksson, Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review

"[A] tour de force."--Elisabeth Young-Breuhl, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

"This is an attractively written and deeply illuminating study of Freud as moral philosopher. . . . This book goes a long way to explain the positive side of the continued interest and, indeed, to explain why Freud will continue to fascinate, leaving far behind by-now stale debate about whether or not he created a science."--Roger Smith, British Journal for the History of Science

"Freud, the Reluctant Philosopher is an erudite, thoughtful and challenging book, which amply repays the investment of working through it."--Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan, European Legacy

-Tauber's patient exposition of Freud's suppressed philosophical heritage becomes a tour de force when he turns back beyond Schopenhauer to Kant.---Lesley Chamberlain, New Statesman

-The main focus is Freud as an ethical and social thinker who, while drawing on multiple sources of classical humanism, prepares the way for a new humanism informed by the insights of psychoanalysis. Tauber offers important chapters devoted to the intellectual ferment of 19th-century German philosophy and its influence on Freud.---Choice

-Tauber provides a scholarly exposition, and the book is helpful for appreciating the diverse background influences on Freud's thinking. Furthermore, Tauber also clearly has an exhaustive knowledge of Freud's writing and is well read with respect to contemporary philosophically oriented psychoanalytic writers.---Simon Boag, PsycCRITIQUES

-I feel a great deal of sympathy towards Tauber's project, and his analysis is rich, interesting and engaged.---Johan Eriksson, Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review

-[A] tour de force.---Elisabeth Young-Breuhl, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

-This is an attractively written and deeply illuminating study of Freud as moral philosopher. . . . This book goes a long way to explain the positive side of the continued interest and, indeed, to explain why Freud will continue to fascinate, leaving far behind by-now stale debate about whether or not he created a science.---Roger Smith, British Journal for the History of Science

-Freud, the Reluctant Philosopher is an erudite, thoughtful and challenging book, which amply repays the investment of working through it.---Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan, European Legacy

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"Rarely does a book cause one to rethink an entire field. Alfred Tauber's detailed and accessible study of the philosophical underpinnings and implications of Freud's work (and psychoanalysis in general) will have this impact on both the humanities and psychoanalysis. Tauber's rigorous framing of Freudian thought in the context of the history of philosophy (and the history of science) makes this the most important book on the shape of Freud's thought in recent times."--Sander L. Gilman, Emory University

"To his enormous credit, Tauber avoids the selective approach that is almost always taken by philosophers studying Freud. Instead of isolating facets of this multifaceted thinker, Tauber has striven to give an integrated and holistic portrait. He also provides a careful and detailed account of Freud's debt to German thinkers close to his own time. This is an important contribution."--Jennifer Radden, University of Massachusetts, Boston

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