Sigmund Freud and James Putnam: Friendship as a Form of Sublimation

  title={Sigmund Freud and James Putnam: Friendship as a Form of Sublimation},
  author={Donald C. Capps and Nathan Steven Carlin},
  journal={Pastoral Psychology},
This article focuses on Freud’s lectures at Clark University in 1909 and the correspondence that followed from Freud’s visit to America with the Boston neurologist James Jackson Putnam. Particular emphasis is given to the concept of sublimation, specifically to Putnam’s desire to make sublimation a goal of psychoanalysis and his view that sublimations should reflect the individual’s recognition of the interests of the community or desire for an ideal community. Against Putnam, we endorse Freud… 

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