Beyond the Pleasure Principle

Beyond the Pleasure Principle

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Beyond the Pleasure Principle

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: 9780393007695
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/1990
Series: Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud
Edition description: The Standard Edition
Pages: 92
Sales rank: 248,762
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)

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