LETTER OF SEMINAR 62
 

ARTS & SOCIETIES

Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po

 
 
 

FREUD AND WAR
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Françoise Coblence
Freud and War



Editorial Director: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Editorial Staff: Carole Gautier and Cécile Pichon-Bonin
Translator: David Ames Curtis

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           Freud was in a bellicose state of mind for just two weeks at the start of the Great War of 1914-1918.  Very quickly thereafter, he began to devote himself to an attempt at understanding, doing so in an all the more singular way as he found himself faced with a radically unprecedented situation.  The force and the gloom of his 1915 text “Thoughts for the Times on War and Death” are magnificently highlighted by Françoise Coblence, who allows us to gauge the extreme turmoil Freud was going through as his illusions were being dashed and the signs of disaster were mounting.  For, in a sudden release of their aggressive drives and the liberation of a still enigmatic mass psyche, the “civilized” peoples of the world found themselves capable of destroying themselves in a few short months and, in the long run, of destroying everything that had underpinned their civilization for centuries.

Laurence Bertrand Dorléac


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