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Power of GentlenessMeditations on the Risk of Living$
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Anne Dufourmantelle

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279586

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279586.001.0001

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Sublimation

Sublimation

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(p.70) Sublimation
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Power of Gentleness
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Anne Dufourmantelle

, Katherine Payne, Vincent Sallé
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823279586.003.0025

Is gentleness a form of sublimation? Sublimated desire requires that the very place from which it comes be abolished. From this perspective, gentleness culturally sublimates the violence and brutality of our most archaic animal reflexes. As power, gentleness is not sublimation in the sense of a life drive that strives to always preserve the conditions of its own fulfilment. What it sublimates is the very access to the living—a gentleness drive?

Keywords:   brutality, desire, Freud, gentleness, sublimation, violence

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