Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry Into Freud, Volume 120

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Routledge, 1998 - Philosophy - 277 pages
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In this classic work, Herbert Marcuse takes as his starting point Freud's statement that civilization is based on the permanent subjugation of the human instincts, his reconstruction of the prehistory of mankind - to an interpretation of the basic trends of western civilization, stressing the philosophical and sociological implications.

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Review: Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud

User Review  - Dana Miranda - Goodreads

Enjoyed the chapters on Phantasy and Utopia as well as The Images of Orpheus and Narcissus. Disagreed with the main sentiments and points made by Marcuse but appreciate the greater insight of how the 'life instincts' of Nietzsche have been interpreted. Read full review

Review: Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud

User Review  - Jonathan Hockey - Goodreads

This book has some interesting second-hand insights and claims. It is a good commentary on other people's theories. But it is too timid to bring forward its own theory in an open manner. Marcuse wants ... Read full review

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