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Death and Mastery: Psychoanalytic Drive Theory and the Subject of Late Capitalism

Benjamin Y. Fong

Abstract

In this masterful and enlivening study of the ways in which the concepts of death and mastery have been elaborated in Freudian and post-Freudian social theory, Ben Fong has given us the means to think about human nature and human community now, under conditions of advanced capitalism, without succumbing to the scientism of the new neurobiology or to the social constructivism of recent historicist social and cultural theory. The argument turns on the ambiguity embedded in the notion of mastery: on the one hand, the capacity to engage creatively with the world, to master the tasks of living a hi ... More

Keywords: Aggressivity, Freud, social theory, drive theory, superego, psyche, Jacques Lacan, Internalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231176682
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231176682.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Y. Fong, author
Arizona State University

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