Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History / Edition 2

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Life Against Death cannot fail to shock, if it is taken personally; for it is a book which does not aim at eventual reconciliation with the views of common sense.
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"One of the most interesting and valuable works of our time. Brown's contribution to moral thought . . . cannot be overestimated. His book is far-ranging, thoroughgoing, extreme, and shocking. It gives the best interpretation of Freud I know"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819561442
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1985
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 387
  • Sales rank: 697,608
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

NORMAN O. BROWN is Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is also the author of Hermes the Thief: The Evolution of a Myth, Hesiod’s Theogony, Love’s Body and Closing Time. His most recent book, Apocalypse and / or Metamorphosis, completes a trilogy which includes Life Against Death and Love’s Body.

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Table of Contents

Part One: The Problem—The Disease Called Man
Neurosis and History
Part Two: Eros—Sexuality and Childhood, The Self and the Other: Narcissus
Art and Eros
Language and Eros
Part Three: Death—Instinctual Dualism and Instinctual Dialectics
Death, Time, and Eternity
Death and Childhood
Part Four: Sublimation—The Ambiguities of Sublimination
Couch and Culture
Apollo and Dionysus
Part Five: Studies in Anality—The Excremental Vision
The Protestant Era
Filthy Lucre
Part Six: The Way Out—Resurrection of the Body
Reference Notes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2001

    Heavy but excellent reading...

    My longstanding but casual interest in psychology has led me to read a fair amount by the likes of Freud, Fromm, etc. I found this book to be one of the very best books ever written on Freudian psychology. It was a slow but sumptuous read. I took notes in the side columns as I read, feeling like I was back in college 20 years ago. Truly one of the most stimulating books I've read in a long while. Would consider 'Guns, Germs and Steel' as well as 'Plagues and People' in a like category, though easier reads.

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