By (author) Norman O. Brown
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Love's Body by Norman O. Brown
Book DescriptionOriginally published in 1966 and now recognized as a classic, Norman O. Brown's meditation on the condition of humanity and its long fall from the grace of a natural, instinctual innocence is available once more for a new generation of readers. Love's Body is a continuation of the explorations begun in Brown's famous Life Against Death. Rounding out the trilogy is Brown's brilliant Apocalypse and/or Metamorphosis.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520071063
(210mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 12-Sep-1990
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Norman O. Brown
Challenge of Islam, Paperback (July 2009)
This collection of essays explores an array of topics within and concerning Islam, revealing that the relationship between Islamic and Christian traditions is a connection that is much overlooked today.
Apocalypse and/or Metamorphosis, Paperback (October 1992)
Part of a trilogy on civilization and its discontents, on humanity's long struggle to master its instincts and the perils that attend that denial of human nature, this book contains eleven essays that covers 1990 and the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe.
Life Against Death, Paperback (June 1985)» View all books by Norman O. Brown
A shocking and extreme interpretation of the father of psychoanalysis.
US Kirkus Review » Professor Brown's book, like its predecessor Life Against Death, represents an attempt to formulate, from Freudian concepts, a comprehensive view of human history. From the perspective of Freud's writings, the author analyzes what he conceives of as the major problems of human existence: liberty, nature, unity, the person, revolution, freedom, etc. But, to paraphrase Brown paraphrasing Euripides, the demonic is polymorphous: the gods decree many surprises; expectations are not realized. Dr. Brown's problem is not with his writing: he writes well, sometimes superbly. His difficulty is that he gives the reader the feeling that there is a thesis to be proved, and, come what may, it is going to be proved regardless of the evidence. In attempting to establish his psycho-historical weltanschauung, he resists too little the temptation to emphasize those similarities, sometimes only apparent, between Freud's thought and that of the various philosophers, historians, and theologians whom he cites; and consequently he de-emphasizes, to everyone's disadvantage, the really significant dis-similiarities. The result is, as the author intends, a comprehensive view of human history: unfortunately, however, like the demonstrations of religious dogmas, it is a view to which only the true believer will subscribe. The work, therefore, despite Brown's immense erudition and rhetorical brilliance, is a failure. But even as a failure, it may be recommended to the literate reader as a splendidly conceived intellectual gymnastic. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Norman O. Brown
Norman O. Brown (1913-2002) was Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History.
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