On Freud's "Beyond the Pleasure Principle"

Editor : Salman Akhtar, Editor : Mary Kay O'Neil

On Freud's

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2011
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 330
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 28043
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855757851
  • ISBN 10 : 1855757850

Reviews and Endorsements

'A re-examination of Freud's most controversial essay, "Beyond the Pleasure Principle", is timely. After almost eighty years, this historically significant paper still leaves the psychoanalytic world divided, especially as regards the "death instinct" and its clinical significance. Other notable concepts such as repetition-compulsion and the importance of aggression in both individual and group psychology continue to gain strong support. To consider the theoretical and clinical implications of "Beyond the Pleasure Principle", the editors have gathered eleven contributors from different psychoanalytic traditions. The result is a book very much worth reading. The transition between Freud's first and second dual-instinct theories; his two dream theories; and his understanding of the relationship between masochism and sadism are all clarified in masterly fashion. Even what some regard as Freud's missed 1920 opportunity to extend childhood libidinal strivings into adult object-relational needs (love etc) is carefully placed in historical context. This is a stimulating collection that would have inspired Freud had he been able to revisit "Beyond the Pleasure Principle" from our 2011 vantage point.'
- Frederick H. Lowy, MD, LLD, President Emeritus, Concordia University, Montreal

'Salman Akhtar and Mary Kay O'Neil have assembled an array of brilliant and varied contributors whose commentaries bring this "unfathomable" essay to life, as O'Neil puts it in her epilogue. Kernberg, Joseph, Brenner, Parens, and other renowned theorists discover in Freud's controversial treatise, perhaps the first with which his close adherents openly took issue, some of the fundamental issues facing psychoanalysis today: the aftershocks of trauma, dream theory, the essence of aggression, drive versus affect theory, the theme of death in Hindu mythology, the pedagogy of teaching Freud, and more. Indeed, this fine volume made this reader rethink many of his own assumptions about the fundamentals of contemporary psychoanalysis. As is usual with Freud- nothing dated here!"
- John Munder Ross, PhD, Secretary-Treasurer of The Sigmund Freud Archives of the U.S. Library of Congress

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