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January 1925

Beyond the Pleasure Principl., Sigmund Freud, M.D., LL.D. Pp. 83. Price, $1.50. Second German edition; trans.

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by C. J. M. Hubback. New York: Boni & Liveright, 1924.

Arch NeurPsych. 1925;13(1):145-150. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1925.02200070148014

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Psychanalysis lays no claim to priority and originality, but, in the absence of any philosophical or psychologic theory to explain the meaning of feelings of pleasure and pain, Freud unhesitatingly undertakes the construction of the most elastic hypothesis that can touch on this least penetrable region of psychic life.

He is skilfully and fairly his own critic, acutely aware that observation of facts and imagination may just as well lead ignominiously astray or to brilliant discovery. In an attempt at intellectual impartiality, he realizes difficulties attached to those so scientifically interested in the way of preferences which leads to speculation. He admits good grounds for distrust but looks for a tepid feeling of indulgence. He deplores the shortcomings of description because of the meticulous psychologic terms necessary to describe the psychology of the deeper layers. He borrows freely from biologic science, being especially fond of Weismann's theories of germ plasm.