Origins and Mysticism of the Death Drive in Psychoanalysis & the Philosophy of Transgression


The Death Drive is the most controversial theory to arise out of Freudian Psychoanalysis. That all life has an inner drive towards self-destruction and aggression which emerges most clearly in our own compulsion to repeat our traumas brought the Freudian theory of the psyche to the brink of collapse by 1920. In "Beyond the Pleasure Principle" Freud would introduce the Death Drive as a solution to this riddle but it also opened the door to a unique and powerfully frightening theory of mysticism. It would be Georges Bataille that would center the Death Drive in his own theory of the Erotic, Sacrifice and Religious Mysticism.

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Recommended Readings:

Spielrein - "Destruction as the Cause of Coming Into Being" -

Freud - Beyond the Pleasure Principle - 978-0393007695
Freud - Civilization and Its Discontents - 978-0393617092
Freud - The Freud Reader - 978-0393314038

Bataille - Erotism: Death and Sensuality - 978-0872861909
Bataille - The Accursed Share - 978-0942299113
Bataille - Theory of Religion - 978-0942299090

Barker - The Hellbound Heart - 978-0061452888

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