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Download e-book for kindle: A Forgotten Freudian: The Passion of Karl Stern by Daniel Burston

By Daniel Burston

ISBN-10: 178220346X

ISBN-13: 9781782203469

This e-book explores the existence and paintings of a missed determine within the historical past of psychoanalysis, Karl Stern, who introduced Freudian idea and perform to Catholic (and Christian) audiences round the world.

Karl Stern was once a German-Jewish neurologist and psychiatrist who fled Germany in 1937 – first to London, then to Canada, the place he taught at McGill collage and the college of Ottawa, changing into leader of Psychiatry at numerous significant clinics in Ottawa and Montreal among 1952 and 1968, while he went into inner most perform. In 1951 he released The Pillar of Fire, a memoir that chronicled his early life, early life and early maturity, his scientific and psychiatric education, his first research, and his serial flirtations with Jewish Orthodoxy, Marxism and Zionism – all in the middle of the galloping Nazification of Germany. It additionally explored the long-standing inner-conflicts that preceded Stern’s conversion to Catholicism in 1943.

The Pillar of Fire was once a run-away top vendor, and was once by way of a chain of exceptional books and papers that suggest Freud (and psychoanalysis more often than not) to Christian audiences, together with The 3rd Revolution (1954), The Flight from Woman (1965) and Love and Success (1975). Stern firmly believed within the compatibility of technological know-how and religion, and used to be a celeb of the Catholic lecture circuit, the place he frequently spoke in regards to the evils of anti-Semitism. His friendship and correspondence with Thomas Merton, psychiatrist/psychoanalyst Gregory Zilboorg, philosophers Jacques Maritain and Gabriel Marcel, activist Dorothy Day and novelist Graham Greene (among others) shed significant gentle on Catholic highbrow existence within the chilly struggle period, and the problems dealing with Stern, whose simultaneous efforts to wrestle Christian anti-Semitism and to combine Freudian suggestion into the middle of Catholic philosophy met with combined effects.

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With the passage of time, Laudenheimer became disenchanted with this approach, and opened a private sanatorium that soon achieved national 38 A F O R G OT T E N F R E U D I A N renown. During this period, Laudenheimer contacted Kraepelin’s bête noir, Sigmund Freud, whom he described as a decisive influence on his work. Somewhat later, Laudenheimer also gravitated toward Jung and his circle, though without becoming a fully credentialed Jungian analyst. In any case, when Stern first encountered him, Laudenheimer had retired from the sanatorium, but continued to see patients in his private practice.

Thanks to Kaspar Russ, Stern had already heard his share of church music, and had found some of it quite beautiful. But now he thrilled to Mozart’s Magic Flute and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. He would later comment that […] there is nothing like it in the history of art. It is as if you beheld European man, a late estranged European man, already half cut-off from his moorings, just once more stirred in his heart by an experience of infinite importance. (Stern, 1951, p. 39) As music opened up new spiritual horizons, Karl started to shed his naïve egocentrism.

80). With all these novelists in the mix, he was suddenly in his element. 24 A F O R G OT T E N F R E U D I A N Despite his introverted personality, and distaste for the bureaucracy and anonymity, Stern thrived. One teacher at Moabit Hospital who made a deep impression on Stern was Professor Ernst Haase. As Stern recalled, Haase was a shrewd yet compassionate doctor who conducted a clinic for alcoholics and drug addicts from the slums surrounding the hospital. Whether he was dealing with a homeless, unemployed middle-aged man or a young woman recently thrust into prostitution, said Stern […] he penetrated right into the core of the psychological and social situation.

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