Darwin's Worms

Darwin's Worms

[on Life Stories and Death Stories]

eBook - 2000
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Baker & Taylor
Offers an exploration of death and loss through an examination of some of Darwin's and Freud's most famous findings.

Perseus Publishing
Adam Phillips has been called "the psychotherapist of the floating world" and "the closest thing we have to a philosopher of happiness." His style is epigrammatic; his intelligence, electric. His new book, Darwin's Worms, uses the biographical details of Darwin's and Freud's lives to examine endings-suffering, mortality, extinction, and death. Both Freud and Darwin were interested in how destruction conserves life. They took their inspiration from fossils or from half-remembered dreams. Each told a story that has altered our perception of our lives. For Darwin, Phillips explains, "the story to tell was how species can drift towards extinction; for Freud, the story was how the individual tended to, and tended towards his own death." In each case, it is a death story that uniquely illuminates the life story.

A startlingly original psychoanalytic writer takes on death, loss, and the telling of life stories through an exploration of Darwin and Freud


Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2000
ISBN: 9780786748617
0786748613
9780465056767
0465056768
Characteristics: 1 online resource (148 pages)

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