Eros and Civilization revisited

  title={Eros and Civilization revisited},
  author={Peter M. R. Stirk},
  journal={History of the Human Sciences},
  pages={73 - 90}
  • P. Stirk
  • Published 1 February 1999
  • Art, Political Science
  • History of the Human Sciences
The article consists of a re-examination of Marcuse’s Eros and Civilization in the light of continuing interest in that work. After a brief consideration of Marcuse’s attempt to use Freud to indict contemporary civilization, focusing on the concepts of surplus repression and guilt, the article turns to his utopian sketch of Eros as a culture builder and the reconciliation of reason and instinct. These themes, which form the focus of recent interest, are explored by examining Marcuse’s… 
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