Rewriting the Soul: Multiple Personality and the Sciences of Memory
Twenty-five years ago one could list by name the tiny number of multiple personalities recorded in the history of Western medicine, but today hundreds of people receive treatment for dissociative disorders in every sizable town in North America. Clinicians, backed by a grassroots movement of patients and therapists, find child sexual abuse to be the primary cause of the illness, while critics accuse the "MPD" community of fostering false memories of childhood trauma. Here the distinguished philosopher Ian Hacking uses the MPD epidemic and its links with the contemporary concept of child abuse to scrutinize today's moral and political climate, especially our power struggles about memory and our efforts to cope with psychological injuries.
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Review: Rewriting the Soul: Multiple Personality and the Sciences of MemoryUser Review - Jenny - Goodreads
I had to turn it back in to the library before I finished it. It was definitely interesting, but after my thesis, I turned to less intellectual fare. I may return to finish it someday. Maybe. Read full review