Jeffrey Masson and Freud's seduction theory: a new fable based on old myths

@article{Esterson1998JeffreyMA,
  title={Jeffrey Masson and Freud's seduction theory: a new fable based on old myths},
  author={A. Esterson},
  journal={History of the Human Sciences},
  year={1998},
  volume={11},
  pages={1 - 21}
}
  • A. Esterson
  • Published 1998
  • Philosophy
  • History of the Human Sciences
Jeffrey Masson's version of the seduction theory episode in Freud's early career, as presented in The Assault on Truth (1984), is very plaus ible as a revised account of the traditional story. However, close examination of the seduction theory papers and of other contemporary documents reveals that Freud's later reports of the episode, the foun dation on which Masson builds his case, are false. Some purported his torical events that Masson uses to buttress his case are also shown to be without… Expand
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