October 22, 2015

Today in History: Freud paves the way for the age of relativism (1899)

John RobsonArchive

On October 22, 1899, advance copies of an obscure book by an obscure Viennese doctor made an immediate lack of impact.

But by the 1920s, everyone had heard of Sigmund Freud and his Interpretation of Dreams.

Freud’s work is messy and unscientific but to an era disillusioned by World War I it seemed to offer welcome proof that truth was an illusion, values relative, free will an illusion and primal urges the only approximation of reality available to human beings.

It helped make the 20th century the Age of Relativism and we’re not out of the woods yet.


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commented 2015-10-22 20:34:22 -0400
All Fraud did was to take the science out of psychology.

Then again, without Fraud, we would never had the awesome movie that is What About Bob?
commented 2015-10-22 12:03:09 -0400
That’s a fairly shallow analysis. (Pardon the pun).
The value of Freud’s work did not lie in the specific mechanisms and structures he proposed, which were closer to literature than science. But he was one of the first to suggest that complex cognitive processes were susceptible to scientific investigation and understanding.