Darwin's Worms: On Life Stories And Death Stories by Adam Phillips

Darwin's Worms: On Life Stories And Death Stories Author: Adam Phillips
eBook Title: Darwin's Worms: On Life Stories And Death Stories
ISBN10: 046505675X
ISBN13: 978-0465056750
Language: English
Publisher: Basic Books; New edition edition (February 17, 2000)
Category: Health, Fitness & Dieting
Subcategory: Psychology & Counseling
Size ePub vers.: 1507 kb
Size PDF vers.: 1786 kb
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Adam Phillips has been called “the psychotherapist of the floating world” and “the closest thing we have to a philosopher of happiness.” His style is epigrammatic; his intelligence, electric.His new book, Darwin's Worms , uses the biographical details of Darwin's and Freud's lives to examine endings—suffering, mortality, extinction, and death. Both Freud and Darwin were interested in how destruction conserves life. They took their inspiration from fossils or from half-remembered dreams. Each told a story that has altered our perception of our lives. For Darwin, Phillips explains, “the story to tell was how species can drift towards extinction; for Freud, the story was how the individual tended to, and tended towards his own death.” In each case, it is a death-story that uniquely illuminates the life story.

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