August 1962

Neo-Freudian Social Philosophy.

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By Martin Birnbach. Price, $6. Pp. 283. Stanford University Press, Stanford, Calif., 1961.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;7(2):150-151. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01720020074017

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This excellent book is not just another summary of the psychoanalytic concepts of the group referred to as Neo-Freudians. It does not attempt a systematic presentation of the views of these schools of thought. The author, a political scientist, examines the theories of the group as a whole as to their ideas of man's relation to society, society's impact on man, and their image of and hopes for Western man. What, he asks, are the implications of their theories for students of political science? This vantage point justifies the inclusion into the Neo-Freudian group of Harold D. Lasswell, well-known political scientist, who has pioneered in applying the fruits of psychoanalytic knowledge to political science. The Neo-Freudian group discussed includes Erich Fromm, Karen Horney, Abram Kardiner, Harry Stack Sullivan, Franz Alexander, and Harold D. Lasswell.

The book is written with scholarly accuracy. The author has read not only early and late

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