Beyond the Pleasure Principle

Beyond the Pleasure Principle

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by Sigmund Freud
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1551119943

ISBN-13: 9781551119946

Pub. Date: 03/02/2011

Publisher: Broadview Press

Beyond the Pleasure Principle is Freud’s most philosophical and speculative work, exploring profound questions of life and death, pleasure and pain. In it Freud introduces the fundamental concepts of the “repetition compulsion” and the “death drive,” according to which a perverse, repetitive, self-destructive impulse opposes

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Beyond the Pleasure Principle is Freud’s most philosophical and speculative work, exploring profound questions of life and death, pleasure and pain. In it Freud introduces the fundamental concepts of the “repetition compulsion” and the “death drive,” according to which a perverse, repetitive, self-destructive impulse opposes and even trumps the creative drive, or Eros. The work is one of Freud’s most intensely debated, and raises important questions that have been discussed by philosophers and psychoanalysts since its first publication in 1920.

The text is presented here in a contemporary new translation by Gregory C. Richter. Appendices trace the work’s antecedents and the many responses to it, including texts by Plato, Friedrich Nietzsche, Melanie Klein, Herbert Marcuse, Jacques Derrida, and Judith Butler, among many others.

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ISBN-13:
9781551119946
Publisher:
Broadview Press
Publication date:
03/02/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
396
Sales rank:
384,768
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
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 Mystic 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 the 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 Žižek, Paradox of the Freudian Death Drive (2006)

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I haven't exactly read the book yet...But I'm terribly excited about it. Freud is an amazing person who I admire greatly. I'm doing a report on him as well...I'll let you know how the book turns out!