Knowledge as Desire: An Essay on Freud and Piaget - Vol. 10

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4.
Libido Bound Through Symbols

FREUD REFERRED TO his drive theory as "our myth," something psychoanalytic psychology could not do without. He first adopted the two needs of love and hunger as the basis for distinguishing the sexual from the self-preservation drive, assigning to the first the interest in the other and to the second the interest in self. However, as his thought matured and as narcissism was incorporated as a sexual drive formation that had the self as its object, it became unsatisfactory to maintain the drive distinction. Similarly it proved impossible to limit consciousness to the self-preservation drives and unconsciousness to the sexual drives. For the last twenty years of his life, Freud held to the so-called second drive theory that postulated the contrast between life and death. The life drive, also called eros, was now identified with the former sexual drive together with its sexual energy or libido. But its extension was widened to include the whole spectrum of life, including also whatever was formerly attributed to the self-preservation drive.

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Table of contents

  • Knowledge As Desire - AN ESSAY ON FREUD AND PIAGET *
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • TO THE READER ix
  • 1 - Symbols: Where Freud and Piaget Meet 1
  • 2 - The Formation of the Symbolic World 15
  • 3 - The Formation of the Unconscious World 41
  • 4 - Libido Bound Through Symbols 65
  • Interlude: Preliminary Summary 93
  • 5 - Symbols: The Key to Humanization 101
  • 6 - Symbols, Biology, and Logical Necessity 121
  • 7 - Logic and Desire 153
  • References 173
  • Index 177
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