Monday, 16 February 2015

David Bakan published a book Sigmund Freud and the Jewish Mystical Tradition in 1959, and Joseph Berke held a seminar yesterday (15.2.2015) in which he argued that  Hassidism, the Jewish mystical and  religious renewal movement based on the Kabbalah, entered mainstream western culture through psychoanalysis (Information from Steve Tilley in Edinburgh). Berke, an existential psychoanalyst,  is better known through his relationship with Mary Barnes, with whom he had discussions about the early Christianity of the desert fathers. The influence of world religions on modern thought is an enormous subject, but I am trying to outline some of it on the Social Science History timeline.  Try scrolling up and down from the desert father Anthony



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