Review of the book «Jesus and Socrates. Two masters for the future of humanity» by Roger Armengol

Jesús i Sòcrates. Dos mestres per al futur de la humanitat
Roger Armengol
Barcelona: Carena, 2021

[Automatic translation from Spanish]:
It may seem a little surprising, from the outset, to review a text with this title in a psychoanalysis journal. The possible surprise, however, is immediately dispelled by two considerations.

First, remembering that Dr Armengol has been one of the most interesting psychoanalysts in our country, teacher and supervisor of many of the current therapists, to whom he permeated his extensive knowledge and critical spirit, always teaching with open thought and alien to all kinds of theoretical or clinical dogmatism.

The second is that we therapists have been looking beyond the consultancy for some time now, and we have begun to reflect and write about the collective vanities of our society and the world at large. To deal with contemporary unrest, to contribute our views and to denounce certain social conditions seems to us, today, to be an inexcusable obligation for all those who are concerned about the mental health of their fellow human beings. There are not a few texts that point in this direction
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He is the author of numerous articles and books, among which were: The thought of Socrates and Freud’s psychoanalysis (1994a); Happiness and pain. An ethical look (2010); Moral, evil and consciousness. The power of ideologies in the formation of moral consciousness (2018) and Happiness, morality and pain (2019).

It could be said, with the author’s permission, that the book we are praying is a follow-up, and who knows whether or not its ending, of the aforementioned. After considering, in the first of these texts, from the treatment of a patient convicted of the murder of his partner, questions concerning what may be therapeutic and moral in treatment and in life (Creixell and Sainz, 2016) Armengol entered the field of philosophy and literature to present us with a very suggestive proposal on the concept of evil […]

Antoni Talarn
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