On Freud’s “Moses and Monotheism”

Editor : Lawrence J. Brown

On Freud’s “Moses and Monotheism”

Book Details

Reviews and Endorsements

"Freud’s Moses and Monotheism was begun in the wake of the rise of Nazi anti-semitism in Europe and completed towards the end of his life. The Editor, Lawrence Brown, states it is a 'fascinating, controversial, quirky, and ultimately thought-provoking work' that is relevant to many of the social and cultural issues that we struggle with today. This volume, written by an outstanding international cast of psychoanalysts and scholars, not only offers contemporary readers a window into Freud’s personal biography and final thoughts, but explicates and extends Freud’s understanding of a wide range of topics from large group dynamics and the nature of leadership and religion to Biblical/ethnographic studies and, of course, addresses many topics of psychoanalytic interest, including phylogenesis, metapsychology, the intergenerational transmission of trauma, the nature of memory, historical truth and psychical reality, and the origins of neurosis in the individual and society. The depth and intelligence of this volume promises to restore Freud’s final book contribution to its rightful place as a testament to the continued relevance of his insights and intuitions." - Howard B. Levine, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Routledge W.R. Bion Studies Series

"Freud's works are an inexhaustible source of inspiration and knowledge. In On Freud’s 'Moses and Monotheism,' Lawrence Brown offers a selection of fascinating writings on what can be considered Freud's most personal book, the one that reveals his passions and torments. The fact that Moses and Monotheism is such a controversial, flawed, and in many ways obscure book becomes a richer asset due to the multitude of contemporary interpretations that lurk in the folds of this last 'non-analytic' child of Freud. The authors, psychoanalysts from different parts of the world, each offer their own Moses and their own Freud. The reader thus has the opportunity to meet living and contemporary characters, who give this classic a new surprising vitality. I highly recommend reading On Freud’s 'Moses and Monotheism' to all psychoanalysts, scholars of humanities, and anyone who is interested in psychoanalytic thought." - Giuseppe Civitarese, author, Sublime Subjects: Aesthetic Experience and Intersubjectivity in Psychoanalysis

"Of all the books and articles that constitute Freud’s legacy, his late work on Moses and Monotheism is perhaps one of the most puzzling and, as such, difficult to master... or to ignore. Unsurprisingly, it has been controversial from the start, showing, for one thing, that old age did not diminish Freud’s courage. His last great work, indeed, has not finished asking difficult questions – to humankind, to psychoanalysis, and to each of us, if we accept to enter its complex structure and to ponder the exigency it exerts on our minds. The notion of ‘historical truth,’ for one, raises issues that lay at the center of our idea of civilization. The present book, edited by Lawrence Brown, offers us the helping hand of a series of excellent contributions from international authors who enlighten and question us in the Freudian spirit. It is a welcome companion in this adventure in thinking." - Dominique Scarfone, author, The Unpast: The Actual Unconscious

Sign up for our new titles email   Sign up to our postal mailing list   Sign up for postal updates