The Greeks Through Cartesian Glasses

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(6), 525–526. Reviews the book Mind and Madness in Ancient Greece: The Classical Roots of Modern Psychiatry by Bennett Simon (see record 1979-28775-000). The author begins his book with an expressed wish to combine his interest in Greek classics with his work in psychoanalysis, and with the stated goals of comparing intrapsychic with social models and medical with psychological models of mental disturbance. The author also manages to make psychophysical dualism prevail in Plato. Those who accept the legitimacy of applying Western psychophysical dualism to Hellenic culture–and especially the psychoanalytic version of it might find the book quite agreeable. Others may wish to spend their reading time elsewhere. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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