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Turco, R. (2018). Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Modern Jewish Philosophy: Two Languages of Love, by Michael Oppenheim, Routledge, London, 2017, 213 pp.. Psychodyn. Psych., 46(2):308-314.

(2018). Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 46(2):308-314

Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Modern Jewish Philosophy: Two Languages of Love, by Michael Oppenheim, Routledge, London, 2017, 213 pp.

Review by:
Ronald Turco, M.D.

This book discusses the dynamics of human relationships in multiple dimensions focusing primarily on the Jewish philosophers Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, and Emanuel Levinas, who envision love as having both a human and divine dimension. The dual commandments are to love God and the neighbor. The contemporary psychoanalysts in this discussion are Hans Loewald, Stephen Mitchell, and Jessica Benjamin, who view love as a key to motivation, a fundamental life force consistent with Freud's “talking cure.” In this book we have a condensation of philosophy, religion, and psychology that speaks to the emotions as well as the intellect. The language of “love” is the central discourse in the dynamics of authentic human relationships. There are six chapters and a conclusion section. I was so emotionally overwhelmed with the Conclusion that I regard it as Chapter 7 since it resonated with my personal as well as professional experiences.

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