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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 van Herik.
California, 216 pp., £17.50, June 1982, 0 520 04368 5
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... the mother to the father points ... to a victory of intellectuality (Geistigkeit) over sensuality – that is, an advance in civilisation.’ The step of renouncing religion is essentially similar. JudithvanHerik traces this melancholy story clearly and convincingly, with a grave detachment which is in a way admirable, but slightly puzzling. There are better things in Freud’s thought than this ...

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