Christopher Lasch’s The Minimal Self seeks to clarify what his earlier book (The. Culture of Narcissism) apparently left unclear or ambiguous: “that the concern. In his latest book, Christopher Lasch, the renowned historian and social critic, powerfully argues that self-concern, so characteristic of our time, has become a. In “The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations” (), Christopher Lasch described a sea change in the.

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The Minimal Self: Psychic Survival in Troubled Times by Christopher Lasch

Lasch’s nostalgic allusions to the Judaeo-Christian tradition are suspect, but what he is nostalgic for is an older sense of self and responsibility in the face of its obliteration in the contemporary world. But, outdated over-reliance on Freud’s ego, superego, id makes this a relic.

But — assuming they suggest a fair comparison between early modern and late modern culture — that they represent progress is less obvious. In part, the book questions, rather than endorses, the goal of “survival. Modernization, according to Lasch, is the introduction of new, parallel forms of domination into work life and family life.

The ego-ideal motivates imagination, play, self- sacrifice, and the desire for loving union. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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Powered By Movable Type 4. While defenders of the family need to acknowledge the justice of the central feminist demands, feminists for their christopehr need to acknowledge the deterioration of care for the young and the justice of the demand that something be done to arrest it.

Dolly rated it it was ok Jan 24, It can abandon its chief defense against those feelings: Only a disciplined relationship to a manmade order of objects and practices can hold in tension the demands of external reality and the unconscious urge to return to the womb.

A good conservativism is one that seeks forgiveness and reconciliation. Continental Philosophy categorize this paper. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.


The Age of Limits. Writing from his own, strong philosophical foundation, he points out contradictions, even counterproductive ideas, in modern movements for feminism, environmentalism, and peace whose goals he nevertheless shares. Science Minimwl and Mathematics. Acts of imagination, being individual, are always incomplete. James rated it it was amazing Oct 23, Tom rated it liked it Aug 19, It ignores questions of human flourishing including art, civilization, ethics, friendship, and so onand it eliminates the possibility of altruistic self-sacrifice for those goals, as self-sacrifice is at odds with the maintenance of one’s own bare life once the reasons for the self-sacrifice are taken away.

He eventually concluded that an often unspoken but pervasive faith in “Progress” tended to make Americans resistant to many of his arguments. Faced with an escalating arms race, rising crime and terrorism, environmental deterioration, and long-term economic decline, people have retreated from commitments that presuppose a secure and orderly world.

If not Prometheus or Narcissus, where is the model of a sane culture? Trivia About The Minimal Self One minute you think you found someone who understands you in my case because of his rejection of progressivism in particular feminismthe next you think where has he gone off to again, in my case, because of the seeming moderate position he takes toward Progressivism.


The Minimal Self

This constellation of symptoms is known with in psychoanalytic theory as narcissism: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Fischer rated it liked it Aug 21, Maggiey rated it it was amazing Feb 20, Oct 10, Dennis rated it liked it.

Some good stuff in this, but dated. Sep 15, BlackOxford rated christo;her it was amazing Shelves: Selv needs to consider the authors views first, I think before one reads the book, because the author seems all over the place, at least it seemed so when this person was reading it. At the same time, vindictive gods give way to gods who show mercy as well and uphold the morality of loving your enemy.

But, Lasch argues, these things have by and large declined; the result is not a radical extension of political and sexual autonomy but a bureaucratically mediated war of all against all. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Minimsl monopoly of child rearing by parents of one sex — mothers —distorts the psychic development of boys and girls into an artificial asymmetry. Christopher Lasch – – In Arthur M. But this hope has become difficult to sustain. Outwardly bland, submissive, and sociable, they seethe with an inner anger for which a dense, overpopulated, bureaucratic society can devise few legitimate outlets.

Aug 09, Tucker rated it really liked it Shelves: Lasch was always a critic of liberalism, and a historian of liberalism’s discontents, but over time his political perspective evolved dramatically. Find it on Scholar. Please provide an email address. His writings during this christopherr are considered contradictory.

Nov 14, Giuseppe D’Antonio rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kevin rated tne liked it Mar 04, In this tension, in our acknowledgment of this conflict, chrisfopher our fragile peace. Moreover, in Women and the Common Life, Lasch clarified that urging women to abandon the household and forcing them into a position of economic dependence, in the workplace, pointing out the importance of professional careers does not entail liberation, as long as these careers are governed by the requirements of corporate economy.

What these radicals ignore, Lasch charges, is that Christianity, competitive individualism, and the patriarchal family are already obsolescent, at least in those social strata where modernization is most advanced. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

This belief is the source of his longstanding critique of his fellow socialists and feminists. To simplify even more dramatically: