Freud’s Mass Psychology

Questions of Scale

  • Céline Surprenant

Part of the Renewing Philosophy book series (REP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Céline Surprenant
    Pages 1-12
  3. Céline Surprenant
    Pages 13-36
  4. Céline Surprenant
    Pages 37-50
  5. Céline Surprenant
    Pages 51-63
  6. Céline Surprenant
    Pages 64-97
  7. Céline Surprenant
    Pages 98-134
  8. Céline Surprenant
    Pages 135-140
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 141-194

About this book


Freud's Mass Psychology examines one of the key concepts in the theory of the psyche. Surprenant treats it as an epistemological issue rather than exclusively as a socio-political issue. Focusing on this neglected concept enables the author to raise anew the question of the 'application' of psychoanalysis, beyond a mechanistic understanding of this term and of Freud's writings. This study brings together important topics associated with psychoanalysis, recent French philosophy, and political thought. The original arguments that it develops should interest anyone preoccupied with the relevance of psychoanalytic concepts in philosophy and in related disciplines, notably in the field of literary studies.


philosophy psychoanalysis psychology understanding

Authors and affiliations

  • Céline Surprenant
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SussexUK

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