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Edgar Z. Friedenberg
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Published (first published 1973)
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May 10, 2014 Mike rated it it was ok
Shelves: philosophy
This short book contains many thought provoking proclamations. Friedenberg has not written an acolyte's review of Laing's work. However, supporting arguments for many of the claims are missing because of Friedenberg's writing style.

He offers many confusing metaphors that do not clarify any argumentative point. Seemingly, the metaphors in this essay are included because he thought they contained a cleaver turn of phrase. The following example from page 65 is representative:

"Psychoanalysis, Freud
Dec 18, 2015 Matt rated it liked it
I have always been interested in R.D. Laing to the point of picking up a few yellowing paperbacks of his from a thrift store. I never could get traction in them though, so when I saw this little yellowing paperback, which promised to give me a crash course in Laing, I was overjoyed. This book is part of the Modern Masters series, which was the 1970s equivalent the Oxford Very Short Introduction Series. (A few of these Modern Masters have even found new life in the Oxford VSI series, such as ...more
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Sep 07, 2008 David rated it it was amazing
excellent analysis of psychologist R.D. Laing
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