|>> || 1482516310556.jpg -(362324B / 353.83KB, 1321x1920) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. I personally adore this man’s books and I consider The Interpretation of Dreams my guide in life and thought. I even have a fridge magnet in his semblance. To me, Freud means no less than a revolution in the history of rationality. I’m currently reading Moses and Monotheism and agreeing a lot with his speculations on primitive Jewish history (the Akhnaten link was already in my mind). |
I think the first sentence in this post
is right on the spot as an answer to your question. As for the other sentences, I’d change the second one to: the (almost universally wrong) _critical views on_ his theories are mostly irrelevant in light of this central, penetrating insight. I wouldn’t know about the third one, I thought the “modern” (non-Freudian) study of the mind had a name that began with neuro- and studied the nervous system from a medical perspective, expecting to find thought in there. Whatever it is, I don’t think there’d be some concept of the unconscious. Not in Freud’s sense anyway.
But whatever the details, the point is that Freud found these mental processes which constitute the mind’s backbone so to speak, and they _are_ just out of reach of our awareness, of our consciousness as we are awake and sober, which doesn’t mean they don’t exist at all, because they manifest themselves here and there, in bizarre ways, e.g. in dreams. This implies the mind possesses a structure previously unheard-of, unprecedented in scientific knowledge (he wrote in one of the little footnotes that Philosophy had never considered such a structure for the Subject).
Also, enthusiasts like me and (I imagine) the flicker fellow tend to lure the profane into Freud saying he discovered the occult in the mind, the big secret, the unexpected, which is of course all true, but we also gently ignore, maybe for a moment, the sexual content of the mystery. What
say about people still unwilling to admit Freud’s views on sexuality is very, very true. To our amusement, we can even read him foreseeing his rejection on the grounds of his theory’s nature. On this topic, Freud is now a century ahead of the part of common opinion that would reject him (in favor of repression, of course), which makes reading him all the more illuminating.
Read The Interpretation of Dreams.