ESSAY QUESTION: Discuss Freuds proposition that: it is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to receive the manifestations of their aggressiveness
There are two key readings this week, and we expect you to read at least one of them. Watch the first video first, which introduces both briefly, then either do the reading first or watch the lectures first as you prefer.
Sigmund Freud (1915). Instincts and their Vicissitudes. In The Standard Edition, Volume 14 (1914-1916): On the History of the Psycho-Analytic Movement, Papers on Metapsychology and Other Works, 109-140. (This early text might be easier to read, and if you download from this link Lizaveta has highlighted the bits that relate to hate.) This is discussed in video 2.
Sigmund Freud (1930) ‘Civilization and its Discontents’. In The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, vol.21. London: Vintage. Chapters IV-VI, pp.99-122. (This represents Freud’s later, more fully developed version of his theory and is one of his most important works. The lecture will focus on this text.) This is discussed in video 3.