Death, the Abyss and the Real

Bendle, Mervyn F. (2001) Death, the Abyss and the Real. Psychoanalytic Studies, 3 (2). pp. 223-236.

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Death is as much a part of the human condition as desire. Its study can be understood- as Freud himself did as the necessary obverse of the psychoanalytic concern with eros. While a sombre topic, it is unavoidable if we are fully to comprehend the human condition and contribute to the traditional psychoanalytic mission of easing human suffering. This paper, which focuses on death in the through of Jacque Lacan, is derived from a larger research programme developing a critical theory of death in contemporary society, and lies in some continuity with Freud (1930[1985]), Marcuse (1969), Brown (1970) and Becker (1973), all of whom sought in their different ways to analyze the phenomenon of death in contemporary civilization within a broad psychoanalytical framework.

Item ID: 13397
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1470-1049
Keywords: social theory; sociology
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2013 23:38
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950499 Religion and Ethics not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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