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Freud in Cambridge book launch


Join us to celebrate the publication of Freud in Cambridge by John Forrester and Laura Cameron.

Friday 28 April 2017, 4.30–6.30pm
Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Free School Lane, Cambridge

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Freud may never have set foot in Cambridge – that hub for the twentieth century's most influential thinkers and scientists – but his intellectual impact there in the years between the two World Wars was immense. This is a story that has long languished untold, buried under different accounts of the dissemination of psychoanalysis. John Forrester and Laura Cameron present a fascinating and deeply textured history of the ways in which a set of Freudian ideas about the workings of the human mind, sexuality and the unconscious, affected Cambridge men and women – from A.G. Tansley and W.H.R. Rivers to Bertrand Russell, Bernal, Strachey and Wittgenstein – shaping their thinking across a range of disciplines, from biology to anthropology, and from philosophy to psychology, education and literature. Freud in Cambridge will be welcomed as a major intervention by literary scholars, historians and all readers interested in twentieth-century intellectual and scientific life.

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