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    Forgiveness in Judaism and Psychoanalysis

    Frosh, Stephen (2020) Forgiveness in Judaism and Psychoanalysis. In: Schwartz, H. (ed.) The Jewish Thought and Psychoanalysis Lectures. London, UK: Phoenix (Karnac). ISBN 9781912691234. (In Press)

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    The temptation to destroy everything is very great. Judaism recognises this in its parable of the mountain hovering over the people at Sinai. Psychoanalysis recognises it too in its own notion of the death drive. Whenever we find ourselves in the presence of something valuable, a quirk or flaw makes itself known, a spoiling tendency. Drawing on some psychoanalytic history and some Jewish themes, I take up the question of what it might mean – Jewishly and psychoanalytically – to think of forgiveness as a practice of relational ethics; and I try to link this usefully to current discussions of nonviolence..


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Psychoanalysis, Judaism, antisemitism, forgiveness
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Stephen Frosh
    Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2021 11:14
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:47


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