Beyond Discontent: 'Sublimation' from Goethe to Lacan (New Directions in German Studies)

Beyond Discontent: 'Sublimation' from Goethe to Lacan (New Directions in German Studies)

Eckart Goebel


According to Freud's later works, we don't feel good or unfastened inside of civilization. Our discontent by no means disappears, and we will by no means turn into thoroughly trustworthy individuals of society. Alcohol already suffices, Freud tells us, to destroy the delicate structure of sublimations. due to the fact ‘Beyond the excitement Principle,' sublimation looks not anything greater than a euphemism for suppressing the drives. We sublimate simply because we didn't get or weren't allowed to have what we ‘actually' sought after. Is sublimation an insignificant surrogate or even even the identify psychoanalysis came upon for ‘theoria' within the 20th century? With Freud as its pivot, Goebel presents an highbrow historical past of sublimation, which additionally serves as an advent to different key principles linked to the authors mentioned, resembling Schopenhauer's philosophy of tune, the desire to strength in Nietzsche, the constitution of Freudian psychoanalysis, Adorno's proposal of recent paintings, or Lacanian ethics. In studying either its prehistory and reception, Goebel argues that sublimation could be reconsidered because the highway towards anyone and social lifestyles past discontent.

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