Beyond the Pleasure Principle

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First published in 1920, Beyond the Pleasure Principle documents Freud's expansion of his psychological theories. Heretofore insisting that pleasure and sexual instinct are the chief factors in human behavior, Freud introduced the concepts of death drive and death instinct in this volume, depicting humanity as constantly struggling between the two opposing drives.
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First published in 1920, Beyond the Pleasure Principle documents Freud's expansion of his psychological theories. Heretofore insisting that pleasure and sexual instinct are the chief factors in human behavior, Freud introduced the concepts of death drive and death instinct in this volume, depicting humanity as constantly struggling between the two opposing drives.
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Editorial Reviews

Mark Kingwell University of Toronto
"Todd Dufresne's book sets a new standard for critical editions of Freud. In addition to the lucid new English translation by Gregory C. Richter, there is a splendidly informative introduction, related excerpts from Freud's other works, and a provocative appendix of critical essays, including contributions from Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Marcuse, Derrida, and Zizek, that challenge and destabilize this 'metaphysical' essay of Freud's middle period. The pleasures of the text are rich and complex; in it we see Freud, as Dufresne aptly notes, moving 'beyond psychoanalysis, in philosophy' — a journey of joyful intellectual homecoming."
Imre Szeman
"Freud's strange and conceptually adventurous Beyond the Pleasure Principle carves out a wholly original space between philosophy, psychology, and biology — a space we still find difficult to occupy, but one that opens up a range of challenging theoretical ideas from which we can continue to learn. In this new edition, Todd Dufresne expertly re-introduces us to a book that has spawned many important philosophical responses and interventions over the past half-century and reminds us why it is such a key book in Freud's oeuvre. Gregory C. Richter's superb new translation and Dufresne's fantastic choice of both older theories on which Freud draws and newer thinkers who draw on Freud make this a book that anyone interested in contemporary philosophy and critical theory should add to their libraries and their classrooms."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420931884
  • Publisher: Neeland Media
  • Publication date: 12/8/2008
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.21 (d)

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The Father of Psychoanalysis, Freud ranks among the most important figures in Western psychology, and this is his most famous work. Freud is responsible for the theories of parapraxis (Freudian slips), dreams as wish fulfillment, the Oedipus complex, repression, the unconscious mind, and other concepts.

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Table of Contents

Sigmund Freud: A Brief Chronology
Translator's Note
Beyond the Pleasure Principle
Appendix A: Other Works by Sigmund Freud
1. From "The Uncanny"(1919)
2. From The Ego and the Id (1923)
3. From "The Economic Problem of Masochism" (1924)
4. From "A Note about 'The Mystic Writing Pad'" (1926)
5. From Civilization and Its Discontents (1930)
6. From "Analysis Terminable and Interminable" (1937)
Appendix B: Antecedents and Continental Responses to Beyond the Pleasure Principle
1. Empedocles, Love and Strife (ca. 420 BCE )
2. Plato, Aristophanes' Discourse on Love (ca. 385 BCE )
3. Arthur Schopenhauer, Death is the Résumé of Life (1892)
4. Friedrich Nietzsche, Repetition, Pleasure, and Pain (1882, 1886, posthumous)
5. Walter Benjamin, Shock and the Creative Process (1939)
6. Jacques Lacan, Death, Desire, and Freud's Radical Turn (1954-55)
7. Melanie Klein, On the Development of Mental Functioning (1958)
8. Norman O. Brown, Instinctual Dialectics Against Instinctual Dualism (1959)
9. Norman O. Brown, On Death, Time, and Eternity From Hegel to Freud (1959)
10. Paul Ricoeur, Superego and Culture: A Hermeneutic Interpretation (1965)
11. Paul Ricoeur, Open Questions: On Negation, Pleasure, Reality (1965)
12. Gilles Deleuze, Sadism, Masochism, and the Death Instinct (1967)
13. Jacques Derrida, Freud's Magic Writing Pad (1967)
14. Herbert Marcuse, "A Decisive Correction": Non-Repressive Progress and Freud's Instinct Theory (1970)
15. Jean Laplanche, Economic Paradox of the Death Drive (1970)
16. Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, First Positive Task of Schizoanalysis (1972)
17. Erich Fromm, A Humanist Response to the Death Instinct Theory (1973)
18. Rodolphe Gasché, Scientific Discourse in Light of Metapsychological Speculation (1974)
19. Jean Baudrillard, The Metaphor of the Death Drive and Its Counter-Finality (1976)
20. J.-B. Pontalis, The Work of Death (1976)
21. Samuel Weber, Freud, Aristophanes, and the Phantastic Hypothesis (1979)
22. Jacques Derrida, "A Kind of Discourse on Method": Freud's Performative Writing (1980)
23. Judith Butler, The Pleasures of Repetition: A Phenomenological Perspective (1987)
24. Todd Dufresne, "The Possibility of Happiness": Absolute Narcissism and the Problem of Sociality (2000)
25. Slavoj Zizek, Paradox of the Freudian Death Drive (2006)
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