Freud’s Divided Heart and Saraha’s Cure

David Michael Levin*

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This paper has three aims: first, to redeem some of Freud’s most fundamental insights, so courageous and revolutionary that they were not even entirely appealing and intelligible to Freud himself; not understanding their teacher, Freud’s disciples systematically distorted or suppressed his boldest speculations. By concentrating on an early Buddhist text of great profundity it is hoped to push our understanding of Freud beyond Freud himself. The exotic nature of this text makes it an especially powerful instrument for cutting through the conservatism and resistance of venerable Freudian doctrine; secondly, to make more accessible a text which will encourage Western thinkers to do some serious thinking in the Buddhist way; and thirdly to examine the relationship between id and ego; it is shown why and how the egological construction (ego/superego) blocks the spontaneity of libidinal fulfillment. The role of representation in time-consciousness is also explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-188
Number of pages24
JournalInquiry (United Kingdom)
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy


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