A volume in the series, Ideas in Psychoanalysis (Series Editor, Ivan Ward). This series explains psychoanalytic concepts, their relevance to everyday life, and their ability to illuminate the nature of human society and culture. Published by Icon Books
Please note that this volume is one of ten titles in this series included as a chapter in On a Darkling Plain
How relevant is the Freudian concept of libido in contemporary psychoanalytic thought? Though libido as an active concept has gone out of favour, Roger Kennedy argues for its reinstatement at the heart of Freudís legacy Ė with a number of crucial modifications. In particular, libido as a tool for understanding the role of drives needs to be placed into the context of both object relations and the nature of the human subject.
Roger Kennedy also looks at the incorporation of libido into Freudís later concept of Eros, examining its links to ancient thought and philosophy, and charts the shifts in theory as Freud swung from an investigation of the minutiae of his patientsí sexual lives to the consideration of the fundamental place of life and death in the human condition.
Roger Kennedy is a consultant psychotherapist at Cassel Hospital, honorary senior lecturer in Psychiatry at Imperial College, training analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and the author of several books and many papers on psychoanalysis.
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