Freudianism: A Marxist Critique

Freudianism: A Marxist Critique

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Overview

Freudianism is a major icon in the history of ideas, independently rich and suggestive today both for psychoanalysis and for theories of language. It offers critical insights whose recognition demands a change in the manner in which the fundamental principles of both psychoanalysis and linguistic theory are understood. Volosinov went to the root of Freud’s theory adn method, arguing that what is for him the central concept of psychoanalysis, “the unconscious,” was a fiction. He argued that the phenomena that were taken by Freud as evidence for “the unconscious” constituted instead an aspect of “the conscious,” albeit one with a person’s “official conscious.”

For Volosinov, “the conscious” was a monologue, a use of language, “inner speech” as he called it. As such, the conscious participated in all of the properties of language, particularly, for Volosinov, its social essence. This type of argumentation stood behind Volosinov’s charge that Freudianism presented humans in an inherently false, individualistic, asocial, and ahistorical setting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781680285
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 01/16/2013
Series: Radical Thinkers Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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