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October 1932

Die Psychoanalyse. Eine Kritik.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;28(4):962-963. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02240040207016

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Oswald Bumke is a much more cautious and, one might say, generally orthodox and disciplined critic of Freud than many. He singles out the annoying and the weak points of Freud with a more selective judgment and less obvious deviations not only from Freud but also from other organized points of view. He begins with Freud's statement of a sense of futility or impossibility of a sufficient getting together for any discussion with his opponents. Bumke asks for proofs and doubts the status of psychoanalysis as a science. He turns down the dogma and combats the method more than the content of the doctrine. He thinks that Freud materializes what is "psychic." He wonders at the novelist Thomas Mann's evaluation of Freud's libido theory as "romantics turned into natural science," and sees in the whole movement a manifestation of the modern recognition of irrationalism. Bumke finds himself corroborated by Michaelis

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