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Jonathan Lear clearly introduces and assesses all of Freud's thought, focusing on those areas of philosophy on which Freud is acknowledged to have had a lasting impact. These include the philosophy of mind, free will and determinism, rationality, the nature of the self and subjectivity, and ethics and religion. He also considers some of the deeper issues and problems Freud engaged with, brilliantly illustrating their philosophical significance: human sexuality, the unconscious, dreams, and the theory of transference.

Freud is one of the most important introductions and contributions to understanding this great thinker to have been published for many years, and will be essential reading for anyone in the humanities, social sciences and beyond with an interest in Freud or philosophy.

Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:296 pages

    Freud Reviews

  • Frankie Della Torre
    Jun 11, 2015

    Jonathan Lear, a professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, has here written an extremely helpful introduction to the thought of Freud that comes at this giant's work from the angle of the ...

  • Paul Johnston
    May 21, 2013

    This is a very readable and interesting introduction to Freud (and to psychoanalysis). It looks at Freud from a philosophical point of view and makes many interesting links particularly to Socrates an...

  • Noor Alam
    Jan 29, 2011

    This book was a nice follow up to the Mishra book, "An End to Suffering." I was in the mood to be more self-reflective, and what better way to do it than to read something about Freud? Lear basically ...

  • C
    Dec 11, 2013

    Nearly five stars, but there's whole important areas of Freud's thought that are never mentioned (e.g., castration complex), and many sections where Lear opens with: "Freud's view on this subject is s...

  • Leonard Houx
    Jul 13, 2007

    An anglo/analytic approch to Freud. Some interesting critiques. Five excellent chapters and one ok-ish. For some reason, Lear feels that Freud's critiques of religion are unjustified (um, ok?). Contai...

  • David
    May 06, 2007

    This is really just an excellent and well-written introduction to Freud's theories....

  • Tommy
    Aug 19, 2010

    In this excellent philosophical introduction to Freud, Lear explores the many ways in which a reading of Freud reframes the age-old question of "how shall I live?"....

  • Mark
    Apr 08, 2016

    A very readable story about Freud's work and its importance for philosophy....