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Psychoanalysis and Norman O. Brown's Life Against Death

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she pairs it with Herbert Marcuse's Eros and Civilization (1955) in ushering in a new generation of Freudian thought in America. she talks about eschatology and immanence which I would normally find cool but I don't really see the relevance of what she's saying

Sontag, S. (2009). Psychoanalysis and Norman O. Brown's Life Against Death. In Sontag, S. Against Interpretation and Other Essays. Penguin Classics, pp. 256-262

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But the disenchantment of American intellectuals with psychoanalytic ideas, as with the earlier disenchantment with Marxist ideas (a parallel case), is premature. Marxism is not Stalinism or the suppression of the Hungarian revolution; pschoanalysis is not the Park Avenue analyst or the psychoanalytic journals or the suburban matron discussing her child's Oedipus complex. Disenchantment is the characteristic posture of contemporary American intellectuals, but disenchantment is often the product of laziness. We are not tenacious enough about ideas, as we have not been serious or honest enough about sexuality.

—p.258 by Susan Sontag 4 years, 4 months ago

But the disenchantment of American intellectuals with psychoanalytic ideas, as with the earlier disenchantment with Marxist ideas (a parallel case), is premature. Marxism is not Stalinism or the suppression of the Hungarian revolution; pschoanalysis is not the Park Avenue analyst or the psychoanalytic journals or the suburban matron discussing her child's Oedipus complex. Disenchantment is the characteristic posture of contemporary American intellectuals, but disenchantment is often the product of laziness. We are not tenacious enough about ideas, as we have not been serious or honest enough about sexuality.

—p.258 by Susan Sontag 4 years, 4 months ago

philosophical and metaphysical theories of divine presence in which the divine encompasses or is manifested in the material world

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not all eschatological theories are theories of history. There is another kind of eschatology, which might be called the eschatology of immanence (as opposed to the more familiar eschatology of transcendence)

—p.262 by Susan Sontag
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4 years, 4 months ago

not all eschatological theories are theories of history. There is another kind of eschatology, which might be called the eschatology of immanence (as opposed to the more familiar eschatology of transcendence)

—p.262 by Susan Sontag
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4 years, 4 months ago

the part of theology concerned with death, judgment, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind

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Traditionally, eschatology has taken the form of an expectation of the future transcendence of the human condition for all mankind in exorably advancing history

—p.262 by Susan Sontag
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4 years, 4 months ago

Traditionally, eschatology has taken the form of an expectation of the future transcendence of the human condition for all mankind in exorably advancing history

—p.262 by Susan Sontag
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4 years, 4 months ago