Human Hope and the Death Instinct: An Exploration of Psychoanalytical Theories of Human Nature and their Implications for Culture and Education focuses on the study of human nature. The manuscript first offers information on psychology as a form of philosophical anthropology and reactions against the Freudian theory, including the origins of love and hate, death instinct, and metapsychology and negation. The book then discusses human nature and the development of object-relations psychology. Topics include the theories of W. R. D. Fairbairn on love and structure of personality; relationships of psychology, poetry, and science; Fairbairn’s analysis of the logic of hate; and Melanie Klein’s concept of phantasy and aggression. The text evaluates the relationships of identity and social theory, education, culture, and moral development, as well as amorality, progress, and democracy. The manuscript also discusses the connection of psychoanalysis and existentialism, including Jean-Paul Sartre’s concept of freedom and R. D. Laing’s position on existentialism. The book is a vital source of data for readers wanting to study human nature.
Part I What is Man?
1. What is Real?
2. Non-psychological Psychology
3. Psychology as a Form of Philosophical Anthropology
Part II The Reaction Against Freudian Theory
4. The Origins of Love and Hate
5. Exorcising the Death Instinct
6. Is Life at Home in the Universe?
7. An Inescapable Speculation
8. Metapsychology and Negation
Part III A New View of Man : The Development of Object-relations Psychology
9. Psychology, Poetry, and Science
10. Melanie Klein: Phantasy and Aggression
11. Love and the Structure of Personality
The theories of W. R. D. Fairbairn
12. Schizoid Factors in the Personality
Fairbairn's analysis of the Logic of Hate
13. The Psychology of Dynamic energies
14. The Heart of Being: The Insights of D. W. Winnicott
Part IV Identity and Society
Implications for Social Theory, Social Psychology, Education, Ethics, Politics, and the Humanities and Culture
15. Identity and Social Theory
16. 'Society' and our 'Instincts'
17. Education, Culture and Moral Growth
18. 'Amorality', 'Progress', and Democracy
19. The Primacy of Culture
Part V Psychoanalysis and Existentialism
20. Psychoanalysis and Existentialism
21. Thought in Existence
22. Sartre and 'Freedom'
23. Is R. D. Laing an Existentialist?
Part VI Conclusions
24. Society and Inner Needs
25. The Humanist Conscience
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- © Pergamon 1971
- 1st January 1971
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