Journal of Romance Studies

Freud, thinker of the dark Enlightenment

Journal of Romance Studies (2008), 8, (2), 1–8.

Abstract

Freud is presented here as a thinker of the ‘dark Enlightenment’, borrowing Adorno’s term to describe a critique of the excesses that derive from a belief in happiness and progress which nonetheless does not repudiate the spirit of the Enlightenment. This argument is situated in relation to principal criticisms of Freud and of psychoanalysis and traces influences from Greek and Latin antiquity to twentieth-century Vienna.

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Roudinesco, Élisabeth