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Freud, S. (1931). The Expert Opinion in the Halsmann Case. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XXI (1927-1931): The Future of an Illusion, Civilization and its Discontents, and Other Works, 251-253.

Freud, S. (1931). [SEU251a1]The Expert Opinion in the Halsmann Case. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XXI (1927-1931): The Future of an Illusion, Civilization and its Discontents, and Other Works, 251-253

[SEU251a1]The Expert Opinion in the Halsmann Case Book Information Previous Up Next Language Translation

Sigmund Freud

[SEU251a2]The Oedipus complex, as far as we know, is present in childhood in all human beings, undergoes great alterations during the years of development and in many individuals is found in varying degrees of strength even at a mature age. Its essential characteristics, its universality, its content and its fate were recognized, long before the days of psycho-analysis, by that acute thinker Diderot, as is shown by a passage in his famous dialogue, Le neveu de Rameau: ‘Si le petit sauvage etait abandoné à lui-même, qu'il conservât toute son imbécillité, et qu'il réunît au peu de raison de Penfant au berceau la violence des passions de l'homme de trente ans, il tordrait le col à son père et coucherait avec sa mère.’

1 [SEU251a3][‘Das Fakultätsgutachten im Prozess Halsmann.’ Psychoan. Bewegung, 3 (1) (1931), 32; G.S., 12 (1934), 412; Z. Psychoan. Päd., 9 (0) (1935), 208; G.W., 14 (1948), 541. The present translation, probably the first into English, is by Angela Richards. A young student, Philipp Halsmann, was brought before an Innsbruck court in 1929, charged with parricide. The court, feeling doubts as to the mental state of the prisoner, asked for an expert opinion from the Innsbruck Faculty of Medicine.

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