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Realizing CapitalFinancial and Psychic Economies in Victorian Form$
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Anna Kornbluh

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254972

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254972.001.0001

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. Psychic Economy and Its Vicissitudes

. Psychic Economy and Its Vicissitudes

Freud’s Economic Hypothesis

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(p.137) 6. Psychic Economy and Its Vicissitudes
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Realizing Capital
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Anna Kornbluh

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254972.003.0007

Sigmund Freud’s oeuvre, from first to last, is based on his “Economic Hypothesis,” through which he analyzed both capital and subjectivity. Modernity credits Freud with discovering the very possibility of a psychic economy, but this chapter argues that psychic economy, long predating Freud, emerges as anything but a reified concept for him – it “leads us to one of the most important, but unluckily also, one of the most obscure, regions of psychoanalysis,” and is therefore experimental, multifarious, elusive, and, above all, metaphoric.

Keywords:   Freud, Economic hypothesis, Psychic economy, Metaphor

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