Hiding From Love: The Repressed Insight in Freud’s Account of Morality

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Abstract

Freud’s account of morality is distinctive, and right, in focusing on unconscious, emotionalized conflict, and specifically on the repression of love as the centre of moral life. However, Freud misunderstands love in drive terms and confuses conscience with the superego. Conscience is actually an immediate moral understanding, an interpersonal openness that the moral normativity of collectivity (values, ideals, etc.) represses. Thus, conscience is the repressed unconscious of the superego, and ‘morality’ not one thing,but a living contradiction. This chapter details how bad conscience differs from superegoguilt, how destructive emotions (e.g. jealousy) are in themselves moralized repressions of love, and how Freud’s officially amoral, drive-based accounts of the Oedipus complex and the installation of the superego break down, but can be understood if reconceptualized in the terms proposed here. The chapter elucidates the concrete sense in which openness and love can be conceived as the very heart of moral understanding.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis
EditorsRichard G.T. Gipps, Michael Lacewing
Number of pages22
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date2018
Pages595-616
ISBN (Print)9780198789703
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 611 Philosophy

Cite this

Backström, J. (2018). Hiding From Love: The Repressed Insight in Freud’s Account of Morality. In R. G. T. Gipps, & M. Lacewing (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (pp. 595-616). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198789703.013.38
Backström, Joel. / Hiding From Love : The Repressed Insight in Freud’s Account of Morality. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis. editor / Richard G.T. Gipps ; Michael Lacewing. Oxford University Press, 2018. pp. 595-616
@inbook{38b078cd780344f0a46b3bb6516102a6,
title = "Hiding From Love: The Repressed Insight in Freud’s Account of Morality",
abstract = "Freud’s account of morality is distinctive, and right, in focusing on unconscious, emotionalized conflict, and specifically on the repression of love as the centre of moral life. However, Freud misunderstands love in drive terms and confuses conscience with the superego. Conscience is actually an immediate moral understanding, an interpersonal openness that the moral normativity of collectivity (values, ideals, etc.) represses. Thus, conscience is the repressed unconscious of the superego, and ‘morality’ not one thing,but a living contradiction. This chapter details how bad conscience differs from superegoguilt, how destructive emotions (e.g. jealousy) are in themselves moralized repressions of love, and how Freud’s officially amoral, drive-based accounts of the Oedipus complex and the installation of the superego break down, but can be understood if reconceptualized in the terms proposed here. The chapter elucidates the concrete sense in which openness and love can be conceived as the very heart of moral understanding.",
keywords = "611 Philosophy",
author = "Joel Backstr{\"o}m",
year = "2018",
doi = "10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198789703.013.38",
language = "English",
isbn = "9780198789703",
pages = "595--616",
editor = "Gipps, {Richard G.T. } and Lacewing, {Michael }",
booktitle = "The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis",
publisher = "Oxford University Press",
address = "United Kingdom",

}

Backström, J 2018, Hiding From Love: The Repressed Insight in Freud’s Account of Morality. in RGT Gipps & M Lacewing (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis. Oxford University Press, pp. 595-616. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198789703.013.38

Hiding From Love : The Repressed Insight in Freud’s Account of Morality. / Backström, Joel.

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis. ed. / Richard G.T. Gipps; Michael Lacewing. Oxford University Press, 2018. p. 595-616.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

TY - CHAP

T1 - Hiding From Love

T2 - The Repressed Insight in Freud’s Account of Morality

AU - Backström, Joel

PY - 2018

Y1 - 2018

N2 - Freud’s account of morality is distinctive, and right, in focusing on unconscious, emotionalized conflict, and specifically on the repression of love as the centre of moral life. However, Freud misunderstands love in drive terms and confuses conscience with the superego. Conscience is actually an immediate moral understanding, an interpersonal openness that the moral normativity of collectivity (values, ideals, etc.) represses. Thus, conscience is the repressed unconscious of the superego, and ‘morality’ not one thing,but a living contradiction. This chapter details how bad conscience differs from superegoguilt, how destructive emotions (e.g. jealousy) are in themselves moralized repressions of love, and how Freud’s officially amoral, drive-based accounts of the Oedipus complex and the installation of the superego break down, but can be understood if reconceptualized in the terms proposed here. The chapter elucidates the concrete sense in which openness and love can be conceived as the very heart of moral understanding.

AB - Freud’s account of morality is distinctive, and right, in focusing on unconscious, emotionalized conflict, and specifically on the repression of love as the centre of moral life. However, Freud misunderstands love in drive terms and confuses conscience with the superego. Conscience is actually an immediate moral understanding, an interpersonal openness that the moral normativity of collectivity (values, ideals, etc.) represses. Thus, conscience is the repressed unconscious of the superego, and ‘morality’ not one thing,but a living contradiction. This chapter details how bad conscience differs from superegoguilt, how destructive emotions (e.g. jealousy) are in themselves moralized repressions of love, and how Freud’s officially amoral, drive-based accounts of the Oedipus complex and the installation of the superego break down, but can be understood if reconceptualized in the terms proposed here. The chapter elucidates the concrete sense in which openness and love can be conceived as the very heart of moral understanding.

KW - 611 Philosophy

U2 - 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198789703.013.38

DO - 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198789703.013.38

M3 - Chapter

SN - 9780198789703

SP - 595

EP - 616

BT - The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

A2 - Gipps, Richard G.T.

A2 - Lacewing, Michael

PB - Oxford University Press

ER -

Backström J. Hiding From Love: The Repressed Insight in Freud’s Account of Morality. In Gipps RGT, Lacewing M, editors, The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis. Oxford University Press. 2018. p. 595-616 https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198789703.013.38