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Grande, L.F. (1990). Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought. XI, 1988: Perversion and Utopia. Joel Whitebook. Pp. 415-446.. Psychoanal Q., 59:513-514.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought. XI, 1988: Perversion and Utopia. Joel Whitebook. Pp. 415-446.

(1990). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 59:513-514

Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought. XI, 1988: Perversion and Utopia. Joel Whitebook. Pp. 415-446.

Luke F. Grande

Drawing upon the writings of Freud, Marx and Engels, Horkheimer and Adorno, Marcuse, Chasseguet-Smirgel, Ricoeur, Kohut, and others, Whitebook examines the concept of a utopian civilization from philosophical and psychoanalytic perspectives. In doing so, he explores how our oedipally structured civilization is founded on a compromise between the reality principle and the pleasure principle, in which the pleasures of the narcissistic gratification of the dyadic relationship are

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renounced, want is experienced, symbolization is developed, and there is growth into, and acceptance of, the triadic reality as a fulfillment of the ego ideal. Whitebook examines the concept of freedom, and also the notion that without need, there is no necessity to conform to a reality principle, nor is it necessary that phenomena related to the pleasure principle be suppressed. He discusses the affinity between utopianism and perversion, and expresses his belief that the complete satisfaction sought by the psychoanalytic utopian, even if attainable, would not be desirable for the human condition.

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Article Citation

Grande, L.F. (1990). Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought. XI, 1988. Psychoanal. Q., 59:513-514

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