(English is not my native language so I probably won't be able correctly to express the question... please bear with me).

From time to time, I've heard or read that some of the social differences one can see between Western Europe and the USA can ultimately be traced back to different, somewhat opposed, philosophical "beliefs" about the world which originated in the late 1800s with Western Europe embracing it while the USA stuck to a previous view of the world.

I seem to remember that it may be related to the philosophical views of Kant or a later philosopher.

Equivalently I also remember that a similar argument was made in the field of psychology with Western Europe embracing Freudian ideas while the USA somewhat put him aside and chose a later philosopher/psychologist.

So, does anyone here have any idea what I am referring to? I've read about it multiple times over my life but I just can't seem to remember exactly what it was.

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    I can hardly imagine something like that... IMO, it is more reasonable to assume that philosophical views differ on some aspects due to the different social systems. – Mauro ALLEGRANZA Jun 15 '18 at 8:29
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    Depending on what is meant by that, I wouldn't articulate in such oppositional terms but America's system of government is inspired by Locke versus European systems being inspired by 19th century philosophy including Kant is a pretty well known trope. – virmaior Jun 15 '18 at 8:41
  • I made some edits. As you are probably aware you may roll them back or continue editing if you feel they were inappropriate. I've heard of differences between continental Europe and Britain or the US, but I think you may be referring to something else. – Frank Hubeny Jun 15 '18 at 11:36
  • It appears that the US fell hook line and sinker for Freud and through Madison Avenue he seems to have infected the national psyche. I feel this may be an important factor. – PeterJ Jun 15 '18 at 12:11
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    @PeterJ, those who think in national terms are no less infected. But I hardly can agree Freud is more popular in US than in Europe. – rus9384 Jun 15 '18 at 16:52

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