…if often he was wrong and, at times, absurd,
to us he is no more a person
now but a whole climate of opinion
under whom we conduct our different lives:
from W.H. Auden, “In Memory of Sigmund Freud” (1940)
“Psychoanalysis reorients previous ethical thinking by asking why we so readily (if not always graciously)
give way on our desire—not why we have so much trouble restraining it.”
L.O.Aranye Fradenburg, Sacrifice Your Love: Psychoanalysis, Historicism, Chaucer (Minnesota, 2002), 3.