9781593761011

Follies of the Wise Dissenting Essays

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    9781593761011

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    1593761015

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-03-10
  • Publisher: Counterpoint

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Summary

Best-selling author and Berkeley professor of thirty years Frederick Crews has always considered himself a skeptic. Forty years ago he thought he had found a tradition of thought — Freudian psychoanalytic theory — that had skepticism built into it. He gradually realized, however, that true skepticism is an attitude of continual questioning. The more closely Crews examined the logical structure and institutional history of psychoanalysis, the more clearly he realized that Freud's system of thought lacked empirical rigor. Indeed, he came to see Freudian theory as the very model of a modern pseudoscience.

Follies of the Wise contains Crews's best writing of the past fifteen years, including such controversial and widely quoted pieces as “The Unknown Freud” and “The Revenge of the Repressed,” essays whose effects still reverberate today. In addition, his topics range from “Intelligent Design” creationism to theosophy, from psychological testing to UFO zaniness, from American Buddhism to the current state of literary criticism. A single theme animates his bracing and witty discussions: the temptation to reach for deep wisdom without attending to the little voice that asks, "Could I, by any chance, be deceiving myself here?"

Author Biography

Frederick Crews taught at the University of California, Berkeley for thirty-six years.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 3(12)
I. The Antiscience
The Unknown Freud
15(28)
Freudian Suspicion versus Suspicion of Freud
43(19)
A Handful of Dust
62(9)
Unconscious Deeps and Empirical Shallows
71(20)
II. Modern Deviltry
The Revenge of the Repressed, Part I
91(21)
The Revenge of the Repressed, Part II
112(22)
Demonology for an Age of Science
134(19)
The Trauma Trap
153(20)
III. More Diagnostic Follies
Keeping Us in Hysterics
173(14)
Out, Damned Blot!
187(13)
The Mind Snatchers
200(19)
IV. The Will to Believe
The Consolation of Theosophy
219(14)
The Esoteric Unconscious
233(21)
The New Creationists and Their Friends
254(16)
Darwin Goes to Sunday School
270(12)
Zen and the Art of Success
282(15)
V. A Discipline in Crisis
The End of the Poststructuralist Era
297(18)
Kafka in the Clouds
315(13)
Call Me Liberal
328(15)
Appendix A: Compromises with Creationism 343(8)
Appendix B: Freud, Lacan, and the Pseudoscientific Academy 351(14)
Notes 365(14)
Works Cited 379(18)
Index 397

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