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Brennan, 1997. Social Research 64(2):210-234

Social Evil
Teresa Brennan

Social Research: An International Quarterly
The New Capitalism
Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 64, No. 2 (Summer 1997): 210-234

ABSTRACT: This article examines the psychoanalytic insights and theories about social evil. The impulses described in psychoanalysis might not originate in the individual psyche, but in the broader social order. Psychoanalysis mediates between evil in a theological sense and evil in the modern social. Fundamentalism makes the most of the diabolization of Satan, a figure who in the Old Testament was not evil incarnate. Fundamentalist religions adopt the position of a persecutory super ego. In an analysis between the theology of the devil and omnipotent fantasy of infancy, both are concerned with the wish to obliterate the other and both are motivate by rivalry. By virtue of interweaving theology with psychoanalysis,...
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