La morte dentro la vita. Freud e lo scandalo della pulsione di morte

Author/s Rossella Valdrè
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/77 Language Italian
Pages 15 P. 64-78 File size 199 KB
DOI 10.3280/LAS2023-077006
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The article examines the concept of the death drive as theorized by Freud, starting from his essay Beyond the Pleasure Principle in 1920. It is a fundamental turning point in psychoanalytic theory, as it conceives the psyche as dualistic. According to this perspective, humans are not only driven towards progress but also towards their own anni¬hilation, and the persistence of life (Eros) becomes an uncertain outcome of the interplay with Thanatos. The potentially useful aspect of the death drive is also examined, as it mani¬fests itself in its liberating power from the herd instincts that excessive libido can engender, both in individuals and groups.

Keywords: Death drive, trauma, pleasure, homeostasis, sublimation, Eros, Thanatos

Rossella Valdrè, La morte dentro la vita. Freud e lo scandalo della pulsione di morte in "SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA)" 77/2023, pp 64-78, DOI: 10.3280/LAS2023-077006