This provocative study of ''therapeutic man'' and his attempt to replace ''religious man'' throws a flood of learned light on the failed consolation of psychology. Here we clearly see the religious ambitions of post-Freudian psychologies and their far-reaching effects upon our cultural life. To understand this book is to understand why traditional communal values have given way to the individual quest for a sense of well-being.
An Eighth Day View:
Since its publication in 1966, "The Triumph of the Therapeutic" has been hailed as a work of genuine brilliance, one of those books whose insights uncannily anticipate cultural developments and whose richness of argumentation reorients entire fields of inquiry. This special fortieth-anniversary edition of Philip Rieff's masterpiece, the first volume in ISI Books' new Background series, includes an introduction by Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn and essays on the text by historians Eugene McCarraher and Wilfred McClay and philosopher Stephen Gardner.