Freud and Augustine in Dialogue: Psychoanalysis, Mysticism, and the Culture of Modern Spirituality William B. Parsons Jr.

ISBN: 9780813934792

Published: November 15th 2013

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227 pages


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Freud and Augustine in Dialogue: Psychoanalysis, Mysticism, and the Culture of Modern Spirituality  by  William B. Parsons  Jr.

Freud and Augustine in Dialogue: Psychoanalysis, Mysticism, and the Culture of Modern Spirituality by William B. Parsons Jr.
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It is arguably the case, writes William Parsons, that no two figures have had more influence on the course of Western introspective thought than Freud and Augustine. Yet it is commonly assumed that Freud and Augustine would have nothing to say toMoreIt is arguably the case, writes William Parsons, that no two figures have had more influence on the course of Western introspective thought than Freud and Augustine. Yet it is commonly assumed that Freud and Augustine would have nothing to say to each other with regard to spirituality or mysticism, given the formers alleged antipathy to religion and the latters not usually being considered a mystic.Adopting an interdisciplinary, dialogical, and transformational framework for interpreting Augustines spiritual journey in his Confessions, Parsons places a mystical theology at the heart of Augustines narrative and argues that his mysticism has been misunderstood partly because of the limited nature of the psychological models applied to it.

At the same time, he expands Freuds therapeutic legacy to incorporate the contemporary findings of physiology and neuroscience that have been influenced in part by modern spirituality.Parsons develops a new psychological hermeneutic to account for Augustines mysticism that will capture the imagination of contemporary readers who are both psychologically informed and interested in spirituality.

The author intends this interpretive model not only to engage modern introspective concerns about developmental conflict and the power of the unconscious but also to reach a more nuanced level of insight into the origins and the nature of the self.



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