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Jones, E. (1957). The Dilemma of Being Modern: By J. P. Hodin. (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1956. Pp. 271. 25s.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 38:126-127.

(1957). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 38:126-127

The Dilemma of Being Modern: By J. P. Hodin. (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1956. Pp. 271. 25s.)

Review by:
Ernest Jones

The dilemma in question is the sickness of the world produced by the 'crisis caused by science'. The author, a distinguished art critic, expounds this theme from many points of view, but it is one that does not directly concern us here. But there is a beautifully written chapter, twenty-six pages long, entitled 'The Cultural Psychology of Sigmund Freud'. The theme is the same as that of Thomas Mann's famous essay written on the occasion of Freud's eightieth birthday, but this essay surpasses Mann's in its clarity and depth of understanding.

The author is principally concerned with the outlook on life and the nature of civilization which Freud so powerfully influenced, and I know of no better exposition of this fascinating theme. Many passages of the greatest interest could be quoted, but I will content myself here with one. Speaking of The Future of an Illusion, which Dr. Hodin calls 'a work comparable to Plato's Dialogues not solely by virtue of its formal quality', he writes: 'The single notes ring out as in a well co-ordinated orchestra: question and answer, theme and response in a symphonic whole.

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