|Dr Joseph H. Berke|
Is Psychoanalysis a Jewish Science?
Inner Circle Seminar No. 211
Sunday 15 February 2015
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
But David Bakan, in his book Sigmund Freud and the Jewish Mystical Tradition (1959), argued that there is an authentic sense in which psychoanalysis, springing from that tradition, is indeed a Jewish science (this does not imply that it is a natural science, as Freud claimed). In today’s seminar, the psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr Joseph H. Berke develops Bakan’s argument, and reports on Freud’s relationship with, and treatment of, the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe.
Dr Joseph H. Berke writes:
Kabbalah is the Jewish mystical tradition. In the seminar I shall demonstrate the importance of Kabbalah to the development of Freud’s work and the way it has entered Western culture through psychoanalysis. I shall also show how these ideas have enriched our understanding of mental processes and clinical practices.