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Changing the Scientific Study of Religion: Beyond Freud?

Theoretical, Empirical and Clinical Studies from Psychoanalytic Perspectives

  • Jacob A. Belzen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction

    1. Jacob A. Belzen
      Pages 3-31
  3. Changes in Psychoanalytic Research on Religiosity: Clinical and Theoretical Studies

  4. Changes in the Scientific Research on Religion: Empirical and Theoretical Studies

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 313-319

About this book


The psychoanalytic approach to religion has changed radically during the course of the twentieth century. In both clinical and theoretical work in psychoanalysis, developments have taken place that frequently are not noted by persons who assume that all that can be said has been said by Freud.

The study of religious phenomena, persons, events and traditions has always been a substantial part of applied psychoanalysis and here also major developments have taken place. It is no exaggeration to state that the scientific study of religion has been revolutionized by the integration of psychological perspectives, including the field of psychoanalysis.

This volume differs from other recent publications on the topic of psychoanalysis and religion in drawing upon the entire field of psychoanalytic involvement with religion. It is interdisciplinary in approach and unlike other books on the topic brings together an exceptional combination of theoretical, empirical and clinical studies. No other book provides integrated examples of all three types of work.


Freud Hinduism Hysteria Religion Sigmund Freud culture evolution french myth neurosis psyche psychoanalysis psychology of religion subject tradition

Editors and affiliations

  • Jacob A. Belzen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Amsterdam Faculty of HumanitiesAmsterdamNetherlands

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