Title

Hegel and Freud: A Comparison

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 6-1976

Publication Source

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

Volume

36

Issue

4

Inclusive pages

506-522

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This article compares Freud and Hegel, arguing that Freud independently uncovered and used the Hegelian dialectical method. It is argued that Freud used the method in reconstructing the psycho-sexual development of the individual begining with sense-certainty in the Phenomenology of Spirit and proceeding through the dialectic of self-consciousness. The development in prehistory from food-gathering (oral assimilative stage) through hunting (anal aggressive stage), the pastoral and agricultural stages (lordship and bondage) to the city state (stoici stage), is briefly presented. This article was revised and developed further in the author's The Dialectical Method: A Treatise Hegel Never Wrote (Prometheus Books: 2012), ch. 8.

Keywords

Freud, Hegel, psychoanalysis, Phenomenology of Spirit, sense certainty (Hegel), consciousness (Hegel), self-consciousness (Hegel)

Disciplines

Philosophy

 
 

Link to Original Published Item

http://www.jstor.org/stable/2106868