Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry Into Freud

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Beacon Press, 1974 - Philosophy - 277 pages


In this classic work, Herbert Marcuse takes as his starting point Freud's statement that civilization is based on the permanent subjugation of the human instincts, his reconstruction of the prehistory of mankind - to an interpretation of the basic trends of western civilization, stressing the philosophical and sociological implications.
 

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Contents

The Hidden Trend in Psychoanalysis
11
The Origin of the Repressed Individual Ontogenesis
15
The Origin of Repressive Civilization Phylogenesis
55
The Dialectic of Civilization
78
Philosophical Interlude
106
BEYOND THE REALITY PRINCIPLE
127
The Historical Limits of the Established Reality Principle
129
Phantasy and Utopia
140
The Images of Orpheus and Narcissus
159
The Aesthetic Dimension
172
The Transformation of Sexuality into Eros
197
Eros and Thanatos
222
Critique of NeoFreudian Revisionism
238
Index
275
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Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979) was born in Berlin and educated at the universities of Berlin and Freiburg. He fled Germany in 1933 and arrived in the United States in 1934. Marcuse taught at Columbia, Harvard, Brandeis, and the University of California, San Diego, where he met Andrew Feenberg and William Leiss as graduate students. He is the author of numerous books, including One-Dimensional Man and Eros and Civilization.

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