The Triumph of the Therapeutic: Uses of Faith After Freud

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University of Chicago Press, Mar 15, 1987 - Psychology - 274 pages
"Philip Rieff has become out most learned and provocative critic of psychoanalytic thinking and of the compelling mind and character of its first proponent. Rieff's Freud: The Mind of the Moralist remains the sharpest exegesis yet to be done on the moral and intellectual implications of Freud's work. It was a critical masterpiece, worthy of the man who inspired it; and it is now followed by a work that suffers not at all in comparison. No review can do justice to the richness of The Triumph of the Therapeutic."—Robert Coles, New York Times Book Review

"A triumphantly successful exploration of certain key themes in cultural life. Rieff's incidental remarks are not only illuminating in themselves; they suggest whole new areas of inquiry."—Alasdair MacIntyre, Guardian

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Toward a Theory of Culture
The Analytic Attitude Freuds Legacy and Its Inheritors
The Impoverishment of Western Culture
Community and Therapy
In Defense of the Analytic Attitude
The Therapeutic as Theologian Jungs Psychology as a Language of Faith
The Therapeutic as Martyr Reichs Religion of Energy
The Therapeutic as Mythmaker Lawrences True Christian Philosophy
The Triumph of the Therapeutic

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Philip Rieff is the Benjamin Franklin Professor of Sociology and University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Freud: The Mind and the Moralist, Fellow Teachers: Of Culture and Its Second Death, and The Feeling Intellect, all available from the University of Chicago Press.

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