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Alchemists of human nature : psychological utopianism in Gross, Jung, Reich, and Fromm

Author: Petteri Pietikäinen
Publisher: London ; Brookfield, Vt. : Pickering & Chatto, 2007.
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"This is the first book-length study of Modernist utopias of the mind. Pietikainen examines the psychodynamic writings of Otto Gross, Carl G. Jung, Wilhelm Reich and Erich Fromm. After they broke from Freud and orthodox psychoanalysis, Pietikainen argues, utopianism became increasingly important to the fundamental ambitions of all four thinkers. He shows how Gross' Matriarchal Communism, Jung's Archetypal Cosmos,  Read more...
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Named Person: Otto Gross; C G Jung; Wilhelm Reich; Erich Fromm; Otto Gross; C G Jung; Wilhelm Reich; Erich Fromm; Otto (Psychologe) Gross; Carl G Jung; Wilhelm (Arzt) Reich; Erich Fromm
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Petteri Pietikäinen
ISBN: 9781851969234 1851969233
OCLC Number: 141384973
Description: vii, 290 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The nature of psychological utopianism --
The new Soviet man : psychoanalysis and the conquest of the unconscious in the early days of the Soviet Union --
Anarchy, eros and the mother right : utopianism in Otto Gross --
Individuation and "national individuation" : utopianism in Carl G. Jung --
Sexual revolution and the power of orgone energy : utopianism in Wilhelm Reich --
Socialist humanism and the sane society : utopianism in Erich Fromm --
Conclusion: Utopia, illusion and second reality.
Responsibility: Petteri Pietikainen.
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"This is the first book-length study of Modernist utopias of the mind. Pietikainen examines the psychodynamic writings of Otto Gross, Carl G. Jung, Wilhelm Reich and Erich Fromm. After they broke from Freud and orthodox psychoanalysis, Pietikainen argues, utopianism became increasingly important to the fundamental ambitions of all four thinkers. He shows how Gross' Matriarchal Communism, Jung's Archetypal Cosmos, Reich's Orgonomic Functionalism and Fromm's Socialist Humanism were attempts to reshape social structures and human relations by conquering the Unconscious. Pietikainen places the 'utopian impulse' with the historical context of the large, violent socio-political narratives of the early twentieth century. This innovative interdisciplinary book contributes to ongoing scholarly and professional discussions about the historicity versus the universality of human nature."--BOOK JACKET.

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