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Freud and Nietzsche on sublimation

Gemes, Ken (2009) Freud and Nietzsche on sublimation. The Journal of Nietzsche Studies 38 , pp. 38-59. ISSN 0968-8005.

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Abstract

The notion of sublimation is essential to Nietzsche and Freud. However, Freud's writings fail to provide a persuasive notion of sublimation. In particular, Freud's writings are confused on the distinction between pathological symptoms and sublimation and on the relation between sublimation and repression. After rehearsing these problems in some detail, it is proposed that a return to Nietzsche allows for a more coherent account of sublimation, its difference from pathological symptoms, and its relation to repression. In summary, on Nietzsche's account, while repression and pathological symptoms involve a disintegration (of the self), sublimation involves integration. The article concludes with a brief consideration of some post-Freudian accounts of sublimation that represent a return to a more Nietzschean approach.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2010 11:08
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2013 14:37
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2704

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