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Friedman, P. (1943). La Verdad, La Ciencia Y La Filosofia. (Truth, Science and Philosophy.): By Francisco Javier A. Belgodere, Mexico: Published by the Author, 1939. 257 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 12:429.

(1943). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 12:429

La Verdad, La Ciencia Y La Filosofia. (Truth, Science and Philosophy.): By Francisco Javier A. Belgodere, Mexico: Published by the Author, 1939. 257 pp.

Review by:
Paul Friedman

This book is concerned with the theological and transcendental nature of truth. The concept is the revival of the old mediæval opposition between faith and knowledge. To arrive at the conclusion that 'the truth is not of this world' the author assumed the Herculean task of reviewing the history of human thinking.

The author does not make it easy for the reader to follow him in his flight through the centuries. A few pages suffice to cover the period from Protagoras to Bergson and from Pythagoras to Einstein. His critical arguments, however laconic, are shallow and naïve. Bergson is said to have reduced the human being to 'an automaton of memory', whereas Freud made man a slave of his libido. To psychoanalysis he refers jestingly as the mystery of the trinity in every individual (ego, superego and id).

The author originally stated that he would refrain from personal criticism and endeavor only to show the discrepancies and divergences of opinion which have always existed among scientists. We regret that he went beyond his original intention.

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