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Freud, S. (1932). Preface to Hermann Nunberg's General Theory of the Neuroses on a Psycho-Analytic Basis. 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, 258.

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Freud, S. (1932). [SEU258a1]Preface to Hermann Nunberg's General Theory of the Neuroses on a Psycho-Analytic Basis. 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, 258

[SEU258a1]Preface to Hermann Nunberg's General Theory of the Neuroses on a Psycho-Analytic Basis Book Information Previous Up Next Language Translation

Sigmund Freud

[SEU258a2]This volume by Hermann Nunberg contains the most complete and conscientious presentation of a psycho-analytic theory of neurotic processes which we at present possess. Anyone who is anxious to have the relevant problems simplified and smoothed away will scarcely find satisfaction in this work. But anyone who prefers scientific thinking and can appreciate it as a merit when speculation never abandons the guiding-line of experience and anyone who can enjoy the beautiful diversity of mental happenings—he will value this work and study it assiduously.

[SEU258a3]Vienna, October 1931.

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[PEP] This page can be read in German in GESAMMELTE WERKE Vol 16, Page 273

1 [SEU258a4][First published in H. Nunberg's Allgemeine Neurosenlehre auf psychoanalytischer Grundlage, Berne and Berlin, 1932, iii; reprinted G.S., 12 (1934), 390; G.W., 16 (1950), 273. The present translation, the first into English, is by James Strachey.]

2 [SEU258a5][Part of this last sentence was misprinted in the original and had to be corrected by an inserted erratum-slip. The misprint seriously altered the sense. What Freud wrote (as translated above) was: ‘Wer aber wissenschaftliches Denken bevorzugt, es als Verdienst zu würdigen weiss, wenn die Spekulation das Leitseil der Erfahrung nie verlässt, und wer die.…’ The ‘wenn’ in this sentence was wrongly printed ‘wen’ and a comma was inserted after ‘Spekulation’. As a result of these changes, the sentence might have read in English: ‘But anyone who prefers scientific thinking and can appreciate it as a merit, anyone whom speculation, the guiding-line of experience, never abandons, and anyone who.…’ The corrected version was duly printed in G.S., but the editors of G.W., evidently unaware of the existence of the erratum-slip, have unfortunately restored the original corrupt text.]

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