Psychology Professor Luis Cordón has authored a new book, "Freud's World: An Encyclopedia of His Life and Times," published by Greenwood Publishing. "There are easily as many detractors of Freud's work as proponents," said Cordon, "but there is no denying the far-reaching influence and legacy of his theories and methods, despite the deep-seated controversy about his techniques."
"In his book, Dr. Cordón places Freud in his historical context," said Psychology Professor Wendi Everton, chair of the Department of Psychology. "I have been impressed with the deep historical context and digging around that Luis has shown and shared with me as he wrote his book. I've learned a lot about Freud from just speaking with Luis and am very much looking forward to reading his book."
"Sigmund Freud is one of the most influential 20th-century intellectuals in Europe and the United States," writes Cordon. "His innovative theories and unprecedented practices are topics worthy of extensive review, but just as fascinating are the events of his life and the origins of his core beliefs."
Cordon said his book organizes the important components of Freud's life and work in an encyclopedia format, enabling readers to quickly zero in on the particular ideas, individuals and circumstances that contributed to his vast influence. Controversy about the scientific utility of psychoanalytic concepts is specifically addressed. "This book serves as an ideal starting point for any student interested in learning about Sigmund Freud, gathering a wide range of information into a single, easy-to-read volume," said Cordon.