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Rendon, M. (2001). Toward a Genealogy of Culture. Am. J. Psychoanal., 61(4):325-340.

(2001). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 61(4):325-340

Toward a Genealogy of Culture

Mario Rendon, M.D.

Using psychoanalytic theory, this paper attempts to trace the natural history of the phenomenon designated as Culture. It postulates that psychoanalysis, a product of the Hegelian philosophical revolution, is still one of the best instruments to understand Culture. It traces the origins of culture as postulated by Freud and the pioneer anthropologists and its course from early and evolved religion through humanism, science, and finally postmodernism. It emphasizes the dialectical concepts in psychoanalysis and reviews summarily those psychoanalysts that, according to the author, have had a major impact on the study of culture: Freud, Horney, and Lacan.

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