Unforbidden Pleasures par Adam Phillips

February 17, 2020

Unforbidden Pleasures par Adam Phillips

Titre de livre: Unforbidden Pleasures

Auteur: Adam Phillips

ISBN: 0241964083

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Adam Phillips avec Unforbidden Pleasures

So much has been written about forbidden pleasures. What about pleasures that are unforbidden?

Society is fascinated by taboo - we spend our lives chasing illicit pleasures - but nobody pays much attention to all the unforbidden pleasures freely available to us every day. Could we be gaining just as much reward from these unnoticed, unforbidden indulgences as from the much-glorified forbidden - or even more?

Starting with Oscar Wilde, Adam Phillips elegantly unfolds all the meanings and significances of the Unforbidden, from Genesis to Freud and his 20th century colleagues. Unforbidden Pleasures explores the philosophical, psychological and social complexities that govern human desire and shape our reality.

Review
Publisher's description. Adam Phillips elegantly unfolds the concept of the 'unforbidden', from the Old Testament to Freud and beyond, exploring the philosophical, psychological and social complexities that govern human desire and shape our reality. (Penguin)

The most interestingly subversive meditation on modern life I have read for many years... Phillips ranges over a wide field, including reflections on Hamlet and the tyrannical power of conscience. Elegant, forceful and rich in insight, this is a book that can be read again and again (New Statesman - Books of the Year 2015)

[A] playfully digressive style... He is the finest living decipherer of affective life [and] the Bob Dylan of psychoanalysis (Daily Telegraph)

There is a lot of philosophy and psychoanalysis packed into these 200 pages (Radar)

Adam Phillips is single-handedly continuing the tradition of the world's best essayists (Observer)

From the Back Cover

We frequently talk about forbidden pleasures.
But why do we rarely discuss pleasures we take for granted?

We worry over the things we deny ourselves while paying little attention to our real enjoyment of available pleasures. But in neglecting what we have in favour of what we don't, asks Adam Phillips, are we not denying ourselves the very joys within our grasp?

Elegantly exploring the meaning and significance of the Unforbidden, from Genesis to Oscar Wilde to Freud and his fellow writers, Unforbidden Pleasures examines the philosophical, psychological and social dilemmas that govern our desire and shape us.

'A profound meditation on our reluctance to enjoy ourselves... A supremely thought-provoking book' New Statesman

'Our greatest writer on psychology' Andrew Solomon, Guardian

'Carefully argued. There is a lot of philosophy and psychoanalysis packed into these 200 pages' Independent

'Inventive and often beautiful' Irish Times

'The finest living decipherer of affective life' Daily Telegraph

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Adam Phillips, formerly Principle Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital, London, is a practising psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English department at the University of York. He is the author of numerous works of psychoanalysis and literary criticism, including most recently Unforbidden Pleasures, and Missing Out. He is General Editor of the Penguin Modern Classics Freud translations, and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.