Deleuze, Freud and the Three Syntheses

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The aim of this paper is to provide a close reading of Deleuze’s complex account of Freud’s Beyond the Pleasure Principle in Difference and Repetition. The first part provides a reading of Beyond the Pleasure Principle itself, showing why Freud feels the need to develop a transcendental account of repetition. In the second, I show the limitations of Freud’s account, drawing on the work of Weismann to argue that Freud’s transcendental model mischaracterises repetition. In the final part, I show how Freud’s account of the death drive is shadowed by Deleuze’s own non-representational transcendental account.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-327
Number of pages31
JournalDeleuze Studies
Issue number3
Early online dateJul 2017
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

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