Capitalism and Death Instinct

Capitalism and Death Instinct

139 pages


Genre: Philosophy, Essay, Nonfiction
Unpublished essays and interviews by Germany‘s most radical thinker

What we call growth today is in reality an outgrowth, a carcinomatous growth that destroys the social organism. With an inexplicable, deadly vitality metastasize and proliferate these outgrowths endlessly. At a certain point, production is no longer productive, but destructive. Capitalism has long since passed this critical point. Its destructive forces bring not only ecological or social, but also mental catastrophes. The devastating effects of capitalism suggest the assumption of a death drive. After Sigmund Freud had initially introduced the death instinct only hesitantly, he confesses that he „could not think differently“ because the idea of the death instinct had gained such power over him. Also thinking about capitalism does not seem possible without the assumption of the death instinct.

German title: Kapitalismus und Todestrieb - Essays und Interviews
ISBN: 978-3-95757-830-3
Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin
Publication date: 2019
Print run: 3
Series: Fröhliche Wissenschaft Vol. 155
Sold to: Russische Föderation, Thailand, Portugal, China, United Kingdom, Turkey, United States, Brazil, South Korea, Spain, France

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‘These incisive and often disturbing meditations take the reader to the dark heart of contemporary neoliberalism, in which ubiquitous surveillance and the quest for personal gratification eventually threaten human vitality itself.’
William Davies