This page features a collection of the best resources on Sigmund Freud. Just to be clear, there is no single best resource on Freud. The best one will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time you want to spend learning about him.
To get started, simply choose one of the links below:
If you want an academic overview of Freud:
- Read the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Sigmund Freud. However it’s quite long at around 6500 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces Freud:
“Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was a physiologist, medical doctor, psychologist and influential thinker of the early twentieth century. Working initially in close collaboration with Joseph Breuer, Freud elaborated the theory that the mind is a complex energy-system, the structural investigation of which is the proper province of psychology. He articulated and refined the concepts of the unconscious, infantile sexuality and repression, and he proposed a tripartite account of the mind’s structure—all as part of a radically new conceptual and therapeutic frame of reference for the understanding of human psychological development and the treatment of abnormal mental conditions. Notwithstanding the multiple manifestations of psychoanalysis as it exists today, it can in almost all fundamental respects be traced directly back to Freud’s original work. . . .”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
- Read David Livingstone Smith’s article: From philosophy to psychoanalysis: a classic Freudian move [2600 words]
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
Unfortunately, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the best books on Sigmund Freud.
For more introductory philosophy resources and reading lists check out this collection of Resources and Reading Lists.