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doctrines, those of Marx and Freud, actually amount to elaborate systems of
hermeneutics, aggressive and impious theories of interpretation. All observable
phenomena are bracketed, in Freud's phrase, as manifest content. This manifest
This is the importance of Brown's Life Against Death, as well as of Marcuse's Eros
and Civilization. Brown, like Marcuse, pursues Freud's ideas as a general theory
of human nature—not as a therapy which returns people to the society which ...
And since both books are sharply critical of Freud at many points, it is also
important to distinguish them from other attempts to modify Freudian theory and
to extend it as a theory of human nature and a moral critique of society. Both
Brown and ...
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AGAINST INTERPRETATION: And Other EssaysUser Review - Kirkus
If one were to judge these essays in terms of price, their value would be very high. At her best (and worst) Miss Sontag offers three pennies worth of thought in any one sentence. "The function of ... Read full review