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By Sigmund Freud

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Of a few of the English translations of Freud's significant works to seem in his lifetime, just one used to be approved by means of Freud himself: The regular version of the full mental Works of Sigmund Freud below the final editorship of James Strachey. Freud licensed the final editorial plan, particular renderings of key phrases and words, and the addition of invaluable notes, from bibliographical and explanatory. the various translations have been performed by way of Strachey himself; the remaining have been ready lower than his supervision. the end result was once to put the Standard Edition ready of unquestioned supremacy over all different latest models. Newly designed in a uniform layout, each one new paperback within the Standard Edition opens with a biographical essay on Freud's lifestyles and paintings —along with a word at the person volume—by Peter homosexual, Sterling Professor of background at Yale.

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I still maintain that what I have written is quite harmless in one respect. No believer will let himself be led astray from his faith by these or any similar arguments. A believer is bound to the teachings of religion by certain ties of affection. But there are undoubtedly countless other people who are not in the same sense believers. They obey the precepts of civilization because they let them­ selves be intimidated by the threats of religion, and they are afraid of religion so long as they have to consider it as a part of the reality which hems them in.

Y ( 1 926d) , Standard Ed. ] THE F U T U R E O F AN I L L U S I O N 37 destroyed, we would nevertheless hesitate to attribute destruc­ tive tend enci es to the calculus itself and therefore to p ros cribe it. Nothing that I have said here against the truth-value of religions needed th e support of psycho-analysis ; it had been said by others long before analysis came into existence. If the application of the psycho-analytic method makes it possible to find a new argument against the truths of religion, lant pis for religi on ; but defend e rs of religion will by the same right make use of p sycho-analysis in order to give full value to the affective signifi cance of religious doctrines.

From Heine's poem Deutschland ( C apu t I ) . The word which is here translated 'fellow­ unbelievers'-in German ' Unglaubensgenossen'-was applied by Heine himself to Spinoza. It had been quoted by Freud as an example of a particular kind of j oke-technique in his book on jokes ( 1 905c) , Standard Ed. ] X 'THAT sounds splendid! A race of men who have reno unced all illusions and have thus become capable of making their existence on earth tolerable ! I, however, cannot share your expectations.

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