We discuss Eli Zaretsky’s essay, “Psychoanalysis and the Spirit of Capitalism” (also available as a chapter in his book Political Freud).
How convincing is Zaretsky’s idea that, as capitalism was becoming more organized and systematic, it also liberated relations between the sexes and enhanced a sense of individual subjectivity?
Was Freudianism a victim of its success? Did it ‘win’ and thereby make itself obsolete – socially if not intellectually? And what is today’s “spirit of capitalism”? Are we still within the spirit that was reshaped in the 1960s – the world of the New Left?
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