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Roazen, P. (1993). The Illusion of a Future. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 74:559-579.

(1993). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 74:559-579

The Illusion of a Future

Paul Roazen


Freud's The Future of an Illusion was not just an abstract statement of his position on religion, but part of an ongoing exchange of views with Oskar Pfister, a Zurich pastor. Freud was continuing to try to settle differences between himself and Jung. Pfister, while practising as an analyst in 1928, wrote a respectful reply to Freud, and his 'The Illusion of a Future' has never before appeared in English. Pfister was expressing what he saw as the central weaknesses in Freud's attitude toward ethics, art, philosophy, and the practice of psychotherapy.

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