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Freud and MonotheismMoses and the Violent Origins of Religion$
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Gilad Sharvit and Karen S. Feldman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823280025

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823280025.001.0001

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Is Psychic Phylogenesis Only a Phantasy? New Biological Developments in Trauma Inheritance

Is Psychic Phylogenesis Only a Phantasy? New Biological Developments in Trauma Inheritance

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(p.177) 8 Is Psychic Phylogenesis Only a Phantasy? New Biological Developments in Trauma Inheritance
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Freud and Monotheism
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Catherine Malabou

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823280025.003.0009

In Moses and Monotheism, Freud raises the issue of a phylogenetic transgenerational trauma inheritance. Biology, he says, is not yet able to prove the existence of such a phenomenon, which would appear as a resurgence of Lamarckism, but shows confidence in the future developments of evolutionary biology. Some recents works in epigenetics are currently bringing a positive answer to Freud’s question. It seems that there exists an epigenetic mode of inheritance of stress, psychic pain, and traumatic experiences.

Keywords:   epigenetics, inheritance, Lamarck, memory, phylogenesis, trauma

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