Eros and Civilization
A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud
In this classic work, Herbert Marcuse takes as his starting point Freud's statement that civilization is based on the permanent subjugation of the human instincts, his reconstruction of the prehistory of mankind - to an interpretation of the basic trends of western civilization, stressing the philosophical and sociological implications.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part 1 Under the Rule of the Reality Principle; Chapter 1 The Hidden Trend in Psychoanalysis; Chapter 2 The Origin of the Repressed Individual (Ontogenesis); Chapter 3 The Origin of Repressive Civilization (Phylogenesis); Chapter 4 The Dialectic of Civilization; Chapter 5 Philosophical Interlude; Part 2 Beyond the Reality Principle; Chapter 6 The Historical Limits of the Established Reality Principle; Chapter 7 Phantasy and Utopia; Chapter 8 The Images of Orpheus and Narcissus; Chapter 9 The Aesthetic Dimension; Chapter 10 The Transformation of Sexuality into Eros; Chapter 11 Eros and Thanatos; Chapter 12 Critique of Neo-Freudian Revisionism;