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Matte-Blanco, I. (2005). The four antinomies of the death instinct. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 86(5):1463-1476.

(2005). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 86(5):1463-1476

The four antinomies of the death instinct

Ignacio Matte-Blanco

Matte Blanco examines four paradoxical positions that arise out of Freud's writings on the death instinct. He notes that death is not a content known to the unconscious. Furthermore, the absence of time and space in the unconscious means that the conditions necessary for any process such as instinct are similarly absent. Matte Blanco demonstrates the way in which the antinomies that he explores can be explained in terms of the logics that obtain in the unconscious, and he suggests that the concept of the death instinct is one of the most profound expressions of the relationship between the modes that underlie conscious and unconscious logic.

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