Psychoanalysis—the writing cure

Patrick Mahony





According to a medieval maxim, anyone who claimed to have read the whole corpus of St. Augustine would most probably be a liar, since the writings of that great thinker were so voluminous. I believe that a similar maxim might hold true today for Freud, if we were to have also at our disposal the stupefying quantity of both his destroyed manuscripts and his extant but still unpublished writings. But there is another pertinent reason that I have started my presentation with Augustine. He made two incisive comments about what writing can mean to an indefatigable author, and Freud could just as well have said them about himself. The first comment, coming from Book Three of the ...

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