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Updating Freud

Mary Midgley, 16 September 1982

Narcissus and Oedipus: The Children of Psychoanalysis 
by Victoria Hamilton.
Routledge, 284 pp., £12.50, April 1982, 0 7100 0869 4
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Archetype: A Natural History of the Self 
by Anthony Stevens.
Routledge, 295 pp., £12.50, April 1982, 0 7100 0980 1
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Freud on Femininity and Faith 
by Judith vanHerik.
California, 216 pp., £17.50, June 1982, 0 520 04368 5
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... only one kind of message. 4. Homo sapiens is a social creature (here again evolution is relevant). Freud drew from the Enlightenment tradition an uncompromising, unargued egoism, a certainty that each individual starts life as an isolated billiard-ball rolling onto the social table, a being who can directly desire only his own satisfaction. (His, not ...

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