Freud on Nietzsche
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Asked by: djstahl-ga
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04 Mar 2004 15:57 PST
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Question ID: 313550
Freud said of Nietzsche, something to this effect: that he showed more insight into human nature than any person every had, or likely ever would. I'd like the exact quote and citation. If there are similar statements in the Freud canon, I am happy to pay for three more, a total of four, at $5 each. Of course I'd prefer not to have the same quote rendered into English four different ways from the German. I think Freud is indexed now, like a scripture, so it should be possible to avoid the repetition.
Re: Freud on Nietzsche
Answered By: bobcooper-ga on 04 Mar 2004 18:27 PST
The quote is "he had more penetrating knowledge of himself than any man who ever lived or was likely to live." Freud did say this, however, this quote is not from Freud's writings, but rather from those of Freud's childhood friend and biographer - Ernest Jones--who originally writes of Freud's words in his book, The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud. (Jones, 1955) The quote is repeated (without reference to Jones) by Walter Kaufmann in his introduction to Basic Writings of Nietzsche. Jones, Ernest. The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud, II, p. 344, 1955. Kaufmann, Walter. Basic Writings of Nietzsche. Editor's Introduction, 1992. I hope this helps.
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Much thanks, great work. "Freud Nietzsche" produces 117,000 results. According to one website, http://www.historyguide.org/europe/lecture3.html, Freud acknowledges the similarity between Nietzsche's theories and his own. According to another, http://poxblog.typepad.com/poxblog/2003/10/dramatization_o.html, Otto Rank held that Freud lifted much of his philosophy from Nietzsche. A book by Paul-Laurent Assoun called _Freud and Nietzsche_ probably addresses this, but this is quicker. The psychiatrist Thomas Hora based much of his ideology on Heidegger; his journal was originally called something like Journal of Existentialist Psychoanalysis. The philosophical axioms in the writing of Freud and others are worth clarifying.
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