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Cavell, M. (1998). Sublimation—A Borderline Concept. Joel Whitebook. Pp. 850-880. Psychoanal Q., 67(3):536-537.
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(1998). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 67(3):536-537

Sublimation—A Borderline Concept. Joel Whitebook. Pp. 850-880

Marcia Cavell

Despite its controversial standing in psychoanalytic discussion and the absence of a coherent theoretical foundation, the concept of sublimation is indispensable in that it encompasses issues bearing on a reconciliation of the tensions between intrapsychic and extrapsychic (Ricoeur), psychic imagination and social imagination (Castoriadis), sexuality and spirituality, and reason and instinct (Loewald). The author attempts to counteract this theoretical deficit by giving the discussion a philosophical dimension. Proceeding from a discussion (and rejection) of Kant's distinction between genesis and validity, he draws upon the term sublimation

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to posit a connection between genetic material and cultural objects, illustrating his ideas with reference to Picasso's Guernica.

Article Citation

Cavell, M. (1998). Sublimation—A Borderline Concept. Joel Whitebook.. Psychoanal. Q., 67(3):536-537

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