Freud's Theory of Culture: Eros, Loss, and Politics takes a fresh look at Sigmund Freud, countering his prevalent image as a thinker who pessimistically renounces the possibility of social, political, and cultural change. Abraham Drassinower contends that what is generally mistaken as Freud's pessimism is, on the contrary, the very standpoint from which Freud envisions an alternative to the cultural 'malaise' described in his works. As Drassinower argues that Freud's attentiveness to loss and death is part of a critical effort to envision alternatives to things as they are, he ably demonstrates that Freud deserves greater stature as a participant in the Western tradition of political philosophy.
Abraham Drassinower is assistant professor in the faculty of law at the University of Toronto.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Eros, Loss and Death Chapter 3 Between Hobbes and Hegel Chapter 4 The Abandonment of Hypnosis Chapter 5 The Precarious Chances of Eros Chapter 6 Pedagogical Hopes for the Future Chapter 7 Concluding Remarks Chapter 8 Selected Bibliography