In this paper, I show that the concept of the double plays a crucial yet secret role in Freud’s Moses and Monotheism. Freud claims that Moses had been assassinated by his people and was later replaced by another Moses. However, I claim that this logic of assassination and duplication characterizes all heroic figures who are actually doubles of each other. I argue that the true goal of Freud in this book is to establish himself as the heroic double of Moses, and in this way to guarantee the survival of his heritage, since even if he dies other doubles would come to continue his work.
- Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939. Mann Moses und die monotheistische Religion