Daniel Burston's A Forgotten Freudian: The Passion of Karl Stern PDF

By Daniel Burston

ISBN-10: 178220346X

ISBN-13: 9781782203469

This e-book explores the lifestyles and paintings of a missed determine within the background of psychoanalysis, Karl Stern, who introduced Freudian thought 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 collage of Ottawa, turning into leader of Psychiatry at numerous significant clinics in Ottawa and Montreal among 1952 and 1968, whilst he went into inner most perform. In 1951 he released The Pillar of Fire, a memoir that chronicled his early life, youth and early maturity, his clinical and psychiatric education, his first research, and his serial flirtations with Jewish Orthodoxy, Marxism and Zionism – all in the course 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 most sensible vendor, and used to be through a sequence of outstanding books and papers that suggest Freud (and psychoanalysis quite often) 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 was once a celeb of the Catholic lecture circuit, the place he usually spoke concerning 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 strive against Christian anti-Semitism and to combine Freudian concept into the middle of Catholic philosophy met with combined effects.

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While on furlough from the front lines, Julius praised a book called Le Feu, by the Marxist author Henri Barbusse. ” He suddenly grasped the senseless depravity of war: […] the dirt of the trenches, the rain, the snow, floods, rats and corpses, the death of so many […] human beings whom I might have known personally, and it was a fact that innocent human E A R LY Y E A R S 11 beings killed one another. The fact that all these people could just as well have been friends was the most stunning insight.

Given the importance that Stern’s association with Goldstein had for Stern’s career in years to come, he said surprisingly little about him in The Pillar of Fire (Stahnich, 2010). Nevertheless, Stern eventually followed Goldstein to the department of neurology of the Moabiter Krankenhaus (Moabit Hospital) in Berlin, performing numerous brain autopsies on deceased mental patients. Much as he had relished the individuality and expressiveness of his teachers thus far, Stern now realized that medicine has another, less uplifting side to it.

I must have been impressed by the pious atmosphere. I have only vague recollections of the stories, pictures and […] our Christmas play, in which I had a role. (Stern, 1951, p. ” As World War I approached, the nameless Cantor was drafted into the Army, to be replaced by a several equally forgettable tutors, until the arrival of Cantor Mohrmann, who had an intemperate fondness for cards and late nights, but imparted a real love of music to his young charges. While his memories of kindergarten were vague, Stern’s recollections of public school in Cham were colorful and distinct.

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