Lot #264
Sigmund Freud: Ernest Jones

"Personally I do not think that anything called 'consciousness' really exists"

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"Personally I do not think that anything called 'consciousness' really exists"

British neurologist and psychoanalyst (1879-1958) and Sigmund Freud's biographer. TLS, one page both sides, 5 x 7, personal letterhead, March 18. Letter to "Dr. Saul," in part: "About my terrible sentence I would remark that (1) although I was not quoting him, I had Freud's thought in my mind rather than my own. (2) You do not lay enough stress on my word 'seem' I entirely agree with your thesis myself and am altering 'seem' to 'appear' in my next edition. Personally I do not think that anything called 'consciousness' really exists. It is only a facon de parler. As to the difference of humans from animals it is interesting to reflect that this seems to be due to life. It does not exist with savages or of course children. So that particular form of narcissism is acquired not innate." In fine condition.

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  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #580 - Ended April 08, 2020

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