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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


John Forrester, Professor in the Department of History of Philosophy of Science, died on 24 November 2015.


Freud in Cambridge

John Forrester worked on a study (with Laura Cameron) of the reception of psychoanalysis in Cambridge in the early twentieth century.

Freud in Cambridge, with Laura Cameron (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)

'The Psychoanalytic Passion of J.D. Bernal in 1920s Cambridge', British Journal of Psychotherapy 26 (2010): 397–404

'1919: Psychology and Psychoanalysis, Cambridge and London: Myers, Jones and MacCurdy', Psychoanalysis and History 10 (2008): 37–94

'Remembering and Forgetting Freud in Early Twentieth-Century Dreams', Science in Context 19 (2006): 65–85

'Freud in Cambridge', Critical Quarterly 46.2 (2004): 1–26

'"A Sort of Devil" (Keynes on Freud, 1925): Reflections on a Century of Freud-Criticism', Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften 14.2 (2003): 70–85

'Tansley's Psychoanalytic Network: An Episode out of the Early History of Psychoanalysis in England', with Laura Cameron, Psychoanalysis and History 2 (2000): 189–256

'"A Nice Type of the English Scientist": Tansley and Freud', with Laura Cameron, History Workshop Journal 48 (1999): 65–100


Sex, Babies and Gender

As one of the co-applicants of the Wellcome Trust Strategic Award on 'Generation to Reproduction', headed by Nick Hopwood, John Forrester researched the relations between the psychological disciplines and the development of new technologies in the areas of sexual enhancement, assisted reproduction and (trans)gender construction in the 1950s and after. Within this area of research, he published a paper on the work of Robert Stoller ('The Psychoanalytic Case: Voyeurism, Ethics, and Epistemology in Robert Stoller's Sexual Excitement', Science without Laws: Model Systems, Cases, Exemplary Narratives, edited by Angela N.H. Creager, Elizabeth Lunbeck and M. Norton Wise (Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2007): 189–211) and delivered the Robert Stoller Lecture at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society in 2011.


Other recent work and published books

'Foucault's Face: The Personal is the Theoretical' in: James D. Faubion (ed.), Foucault Now. Current Perspectives in Foucault Studies, Cambridge: Polity, 2014, pp. 112–128

'The English Freud: W.H.R. Rivers, dreaming and the making of the early twentieth century human sciences' in: Alexander, Sally and Barbara Taylor (eds.), History and Psyche: Culture, Psychoanalysis, and the Past, London: Palgrave, 2012, pp. 71–104

'Falling in and out of love with philosophy', Metaphilosophy 43.1-2 (Jan. 2012): 96–111

'Wittgenstein und Cambridge. Heimat eines Wanderers', in Drehmel, Jan and Kristina Jaspers (eds.), Ludwig Wittgenstein. Verortungen eines Genies, Berlin: Schwules Museum, 2011, pp. 28–33

'Dr. G.s stürmische Übertragungsneurose. Über Gebrauch und Mißbrauch der Abstinenz', Wie benimmt sich der Prof. Freud eigentlich? – Ein neu entdecktes Tagebuch von 1921 historisch und analytisch kommentiert, edited by Anna Koellreuter (Gießen: Psychosozial-Verlag, 2009): 245–258

'On Kuhn's Case: Psychoanalysis and the Paradigm', Critical Inquiry 33 (2007): 782–819

'A Tale of Two Icons: "The Jews All Over the World Boast of My Name, Pairing Me With Einstein" (Freud, 1926)', Psychoanalysis and History 7 (2005): 205–226

Truth Games: Lies, Money, and Psychoanalysis, foreword by Adam Phillips (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997; paperback 2000)

Dispatches from the Freud Wars: Psychoanalysis and Its Passions (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997; paperback 1998)

'If p, Then What? Thinking in Cases', History of the Human Sciences 9.3 (1996): 1–25

Freud's Women, with Lisa Appignanesi (London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1992; New York: Basic Books, 1992; paperback, Virago, 1993 (UK), Basic Books, 1994 (US); 2nd edition with Afterword, Penguin, 2000; 3rd edition with Afterword, Orion, 2005)

The Seductions of Psychoanalysis: Freud, Lacan and Derrida (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990; paperback 1991; paperback reprinted 1992; 2nd reprinting 1994)

Language and the Origins of Psychoanalysis (London: Macmillan, 1980; New York: Columbia University Press, 1980; paperback 1982; reprinted 1985)