Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud

A philosophical critique of psychoanalysis that takes psychoanalysis seriously but not as unchallengeable dogmaThe most significant general treatment of psychoanalytic theory since Freud himself ceased publication Clyde Kluckhohn, The New York Times
Eros and Civilization A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud A philosophical critique of psychoanalysis that takes psychoanalysis seriously but not as unchallengeable dogmaThe most significant general treatment of psychoanalytic theory since Freud himself cease

  • Title: Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud
  • Author: Herbert Marcuse
  • ISBN: 9780415186636
  • Page: 434
  • Format: paper
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    1. "When philosophy conceives the essence of being as Logos, it is already the Logos of domination--commanding, mastering, directing reason, to which man and nature are to be subjected" (125)"In its refusal to accept as final the limitations imposed upon freedom and happiness by the reality principle, in its refusal to forget what can be, lies the critical function of phantasy" (149)"The Orphic Eros transforms being: he masters cruelty and death through liberation. His language is song, and his wor [...]

    2. During the 1995-1996 school year, I took Andrew Cutrofello's philosophy class entitled "Action & Value: Happiness & Responsibility." We read Kant's "Grounding for a Metaphysics of Morals," Freud's "Civilization and Its Discontents," Marcuse's "Eros and Civilization, Renata Salecl's (a Lacanian) "The Spoils of Freedom," and Aristotle's "Nichomachean Ethics." Loyola had a large core curriculum that required three philosophy classes. I had already taken Philosophy of Human Nature, the one c [...]

    3. one of the major marx/freud syntheses. makes the basic argument that sex is way hotter in socialism. should've gone without saying, but some y'all as thick as whale omelets.

    4. Revolutionary. Marcuse's argument here sounds a lot like that of Marx in the 1844 Manuscripts and Capital, but it is certainly more specific and, aided by his psychological approach that criticizes Freud and neo-Freudianism, substantially deeper. He rails against 'a social order which is in some ways grossly inadequate for the development of healthy and happy human beings,' positing that the repressive institutions of Western civilization have sought to prevent the realization of human emancipat [...]

    5. Marcuse has not only taken a great many of his cues from Freud, but has also modeled his method on Freud and consequently, a great many of what I perceive as Freud's bigger flaws get carried on into Marcuse's work, namely an essentialist perspective on the family, a privileging of psychic over social forces, an assumption of "civilization" as a unified field, an inherent phallocentrism, etc. And yet, in spite all of that, Marcuse's Freudo-Marxist synthesis shows some true insights about the natu [...]

    6. During my undergraduate days, there was a big fuss made in the liberal arts-side of my college education about Herbert Marcuse, so I read 2 books authored by him. This one was the first one I read and I must say I quite underwhelmed by his theories stated within this book. I'd consider it to be a second-rate sexualized Freud and many of his theories are not well-stated. I find it interesting that a second-rate philosopher such as Marcuse would be so acclaimed in current-day academia.

    7. Herbert Marcuse's Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud was a sensational bestseller when it first appeared in 1955 (long before fancy agents, big marketing campaigns, and social media). Why did so many people (it sold a total of about 350,000 copies) take to this book? Marcuse asks a very simple question in Eros. We all know that for society to function, we have to repress some of our most instinctual urges. We cannot exact violence on anybody we want (but we leave that to t [...]

    8. Muy pesado en ocasiones, vuelve sobre los mismos temas constantemente, pero una buena síntesis de las teorías freudianas y muy centrado en "El Malestar en la Cultura".

    9. Marcuse reworks Freud’s categories from the individual to society. To paraphrase Henry van Til, Marcuse is Freud externalized. There is a dialectic between the Eros principle and the Thanatos principle. In order for civilization to thrive, it has to suppress the libido, the free drive.Freud identifies civilization with repression.The Frankfurt end-game is a “non-repressive civilization” (Marcuse 5). “The very achievements of repression seem to create the preconditions for the gradual abo [...]

    10. مقولات روانشناسی تبدیل به مقولات سیاسی شده اندآیا فروید تمدن را با سرکوب یکی می گرفت؟ آیا تضاد میان اصل لذت و اصل واقعیت آشتی ناپذیر است؟اما نظریه فروید دلایلی برای رد یکی گرفتن تمدن با سرکوب در اختیار می گذارد.آیا تمدن ناسرکوبگر ممکن است؟1- خود نظریه فروید بر امکان پذیری تاری [...]

    11. This is a great book, if for no other reason than Marcuse's talent to do psychoanalysis and aesthetics in a Marxist register. Sure, Marcuse's hope in automation reads a little silly now, but the idea that psychology's reified "reality principle" is the result of historical accident is important and necessary.The second half of the text, his reconstruction of psychoanalysis which follows his critique of Freud, is stronger than the first.

    12. کتابی که خواندش دیگاه نوینی از تعبیر فرویدی تمدن و سرکوب جنسی را ارائه می‌دهد درواقع هربرت مارکوزه ضمن معرفی خوب و دقیقی از تز فرودید در خصوص رابطه‌ی علی و متقابل بین «سرکوب جنسی» و «تمدن» تلاش می‌کند نشان دهد جامعه‌ی متمدن بدون سرکوب جنسی هم ممکن است.درواقع از نظره مارکوزه [...]

    13. کتابی فلسفی درباره ی فرویدبا فصل های مانند گرایش نهان در روان کاریخاستگاه فرد سرکوب شده ریشه های تمدن سرکوبگروبیشتر بحث در مورد رهایی آزادی اروس و عشق و خصیصه های ضد فرهنگی دهه شصت است

    14. Sebuah Pertaruhan di Tengah-Tengah Realitas Destruktif Pasca-PsikonalisaDiantara sedikit literatur yang pernah saya baca, mungkin inilah teks kedua yang paling menarik perhatian saya (setelah Manifesto of Communist Party Karl Marx, 1888). Ketertarikan saya pertama kali adalah saat membaca judulnya, Cinta dan Peradaban, seolah memancarkan tema yang ‘sangat penting’. Sebelum membaca isinya, saya membayangkan akan membaca cerita ‘cinta-cintaan’ dengan landasan kritis. Karena seperti yang ki [...]

    15. إن أطروحة (سيغموند فرويد)، التي تزعم أن الحضارة تتأسس عل خضوع للغرائز الإنسانية تبدو بوجه عام صائبة. من ثمة يوضع سؤال المعرفة هاهنا حول مصالح الحضارة في تعويض المعاناة المصحوبة على الفرد دوما والتي غالبا ما لا تأخذ هاته المسألة على محمل الجد.حيث إن جميع النقائص التي يضبطها (ف [...]

    16. Not a beach read. Here are some highlights:(video review youtube/watch?v=wSYXJ)"The aggressiveness of the ego gets stronger every time we abstain from sex with our parents."(i hate my ego but it's not going anywhere)“The laws of thought have finally become techniques of calculation and domination/manipulation."(where is this going? i feel like the intellectuals of the fin de siecle are looking through my eyes and saying, watch the fuck out)"The superego takes the wish for the deed."(you can't [...]

    17. an insightful analysis of Freudian psychology intended to find an answer to the problems of repressive social and economic forces ('Reality' principle). difficult to decipher the arguments at times through the necessarily pedantic academic language. in the final analysis Marcuse finds a way forward through the possibility of creative engagement with work, relying on the model of the work of the artist. however this way forward does not work on account of 'creativity' itself (creative choices) be [...]

    18. Книгата на Маркузе,представлява главно философска интерпретация на Фройд от гледна точка на една критическа теория към действителността,дълбоко повлияна от марксовите катерогии взети от Ръкописа от 44г.Хуманизмът на Маркс не бива отхвърлен,както обичайно става при интер [...]

    19. Saggio sicuramente interessante, ben scritto e condivisibile in molti suoi punti. Va però letto con la necessaria "testa", perché non è scorrevolissimo e dunque abbisogna della doverosa attenzione."La libido continua a portare il marchio della rimozione e si manifesta nelle forme orride e ben note nella storia della civiltà; nelle orge sadiche e masochistiche di masse disperate, di "élites sociali", di bande fameliche di mercenari, di guardiani di prigioni e di campi di concentramento."

    20. The Epilogue was the most powerful and important part of the book in my opinion. I highly recommend it for that section alone. However, the entire book provides a thorough understanding of how Freudian theory matters to a materialist and emancipatory politics in general (and to Marcuse's project in particular).

    21. Un libro fundamental en el pensamiento de Marcuse, y de las ciencias sociales de la primera mitad del siglo XX. Una visión política al psicoanálisis freudiano. Recomendable para adentrarse en el pensamiento de la escuela de Francfort.

    22. Vi har læst et uddrag på 5 kapitler i undervisningen og jeg må indrømme at det ikke gav ret meget mening for mig. Heller ikke anden gang

    23. Well-written and easy to read/follow. Humorous at times. Outdated--I would love to see a 21st century perspective on this. Seminal piece. Should be required reading for psychology.

    24. Muy buen libro, aunque un poco pesado para los que no estamos muy versados en las terías de Freud.

    25. This is an astonishing treatment of Freud's metapsychology. Marcuse is a remarkable dialectician. He weaves a complex fabric of dialectics, collapsing in the process seemingly un-reconcilable antagonisms. Most importantly, Marcuse attempts to reconcile the antagonism between work & Eros.Ananke , for Freud, necessitated repression & instinctual frustration. With the rise of material abundance, however, repression has reached a surplus level -- unnecessary for the survival of the species. [...]

    26. I have mixed feelings and part of that is because there are parts of Freud with which I am either not fully familiar with or I have trouble agreeing with.This book will be nearly impossible to understand without reading Freud's work - Civilization and its discontents, as well as Nietzche's Geneology of Morals, where some of the terms of originally defined. It will also be necessary to be very familiar with Oedipus, the actual story, which I think gets very warped in the interpretations taken by [...]

    27. Building upon Freud's theories of human development, Marcuse explores how civilization as we know it (hierarchical, primarily)has come to depend on subjugating the Eros principle (sexuality, sensuality, pleasure, and Agape love seems to be jumbled in there) through the creation of a superficial sort of morality and sense of taboo to the Work principle, which at this point is dedicating to maintaining status-quo and the edification of the few that set it. Humanity has long since overshot work for [...]

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