Philosophy of Dreams (BOK)

Christoph Turcke

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Why has mankind developed so differently from other animals? How and why did language, culture, religion and the arts come into being? In this wide-ranging and ambitious essay, Christoph Turcke offers a new answer to these timeworn questions by scrutinizing the phenomenon of the dream, using it as a psychic fossil connecting us with our Stone Age ancestors. Provocatively, he argues that both civilization and mental processes are the results of a compulsion to repeat early traumas, one to which hallucination, imagination, mind, spirit and God all developed in response. Until the beginning of the modern era, repetition was synonymous with de-escalation and calming down. Then, automatic machinery gave rise to a new type of repetition, whose effects are permanent alarm and distraction. The new global forces of distraction, Turcke argues, are producing a specific kind of stress that breaks down the barriers between dreams and waking consciousness. Turcke's essay ends with a sobering indictment of this psychic deregulation and the social and economic deregulations that have accompanied it.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Christoph Turcke
Forlag
YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS ACADEMIC
ISBN 9780300188400
Antall sider 304 Dimensjoner 15,6cm x 23,4cm x 2,5cm
Vekt 590 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Philosophy of mind, Conscious & unconscious, Sleep & dreams