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Jeremy Tambling

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086731

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086731.001.0001

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Introduction: Freud's Copernican revolution

Introduction: Freud's Copernican revolution

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Freud's Copernican revolution
Literature and Psychoanalysis

Jeremy Tambling

Manchester University Press

This chapter presents a brief background on Sigmund Freud and his development of the method of psychoanalysis. Freud compared his theory to that of Copernicus, who had shown that the Earth was not at the centre of the universe. The chapter argues that the ‘Copernican revolution’ means that psychoanalysis decentres the conscious mind, the ego, showing that it acts not according to rational principles which it has thought out, but because of the unconscious, which in some ways is unknown, but which overrules the conscious mind.

Keywords:   Sigmund Freud, psychoanalysis, Freud's theory, Copernican revolution, unconscious mind

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