Crossing the Psycho-social Divide: Freud, Weber, Adorno and by George Cavalletto

By George Cavalletto

The present view between social scientists is that the psyche and the social live in such disparate domain names that their right learn calls for markedly incompatible analytical and theoretical methods. during the last decade students have began to problem this view. during this cutting edge paintings, George Cavalletto strikes this problem ahead by means of connecting it to theoretical and analytical practices of the early twentieth century. His research of key texts by way of Sigmund Freud, Max Weber, Theodor Adorno and Norbert Elias indicates that they crossed the psycho-social divide in ways in which might help modern students to re-establish an analytical and theoretical figuring out of the inherent interconnection of those domain names. This publication will rather curiosity students and scholars in sociology and social psychology, specially these within the fields of social thought, the sociology of emotion, self and society, and old sociology.

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28 And this religion is described in highly negative ways, as the following three examples illustrate. Religion makes the masses: Stupid— Think of the depressing contrast between the radiant intelligence of a healthy child and the feeble intellectual powers of the average adult. Can we be quite certain that it is not precisely religious education, which bears a large share of the blame for this relative atrophy...? When a man has once brought himself to accept uncritically all the absurdities that religious doctrines put before him...

25 Freud’s animosities and prejudices towards the Roman Catholic Church are embodied in the rhetorical stratagems that structure the thinking and writing of The Future of an Illusion. Most conspicuously, they structure the rhetorical framework of the latter chapters, which take the form of a debate between “the author” (Freud in the role of a crusading liberal rationalist and spokesman of the educated classes), and a loud-voiced “opponent” (a conservative romantic interlocutor, who speaks for the religious needs of the uneducated masses).

And when he then adds that “the satisfaction” of civilized privileged classes “depends upon the suppression” of the unprivileged classes,7 we begin to understand that the words “satisfaction” and “suppression” refer as much or more to instinctual suppression and satisfaction than to their material or social variants. The terms of material economy, we discover, operate here principally as the outward tokens of psychic economy; structured as class exploitation, estrangement is grounded upon the extraction and transfer of instinctual energies and pleasures from the underprivileged to the privileged classes.

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