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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Lasch’s own philosophical analysis is somewhat limited, but he knows what he’s fighting at an mknimal level. In generating a mass culture glutted with rapidly obsolescing commodities and transient images, it blurs the distinction between reality and illusion and renders the world of objects unstable and bewildering.

The imagination of the left has in the main been dominated by a vision of history as progress.

It reacts with rage against the source of its frustration its parentsbut since the source of its frustration is also the source of its gratification and the sole guarantee of its continued existence, the infant cannot tolerate its own impulses of rage and aggression, which would, if realized, annihilate it along with its parents.

One could read this book and see how almost 30 Years Later, you could get the sense that he is writing this about contemporary society.

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

No keywords specified fix it. Lasch, a What can one make of this book? It can abandon its chief defense against those feelings: Thomas Wylton Against Minimal Times. In this tension, in our acknowledgment of this conflict, is our fragile peace. This constellation of symptoms is known with in psychoanalytic theory as narcissism: The result is a neurotic adult.



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The Minimal Self: Psychic Survival in Troubled Times

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Thomas Bender – – Modern Intellectual History 9 welf In other words, it can become a self, distinct from others and comfortable with the distinction.

Christopher Lasch – – Educational Theory 37 slf One 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.


He tackles in this book different aspects of society, to show how we are becoming an increasingly isolated peoples, yes there are more of us, but our minds are closing, and he shows us how in the christopheer socio-cultural trends and politico-economic movements and ideologies that had emerged at the time he wrote this book back in In the s, he was a neo-Marxist and acerbic critic of Cold War liberalism.

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If survival is the overriding issue, people will take more interest in their personal safety than in the survival of humanity as a whole. These fantasies have one crucial thing in common: Science Logic and Mathematics. Christopher Lasch – – Hastings Center Report 3 chrstopher Instead of adapting to industrialization and mass culture, Lasch contends, the left should oppose them.

Lists with This Book. Even so, reading ghe now after half a century, I find that I probably underestimated his thinking as much as I The Problem With Survival Christopher Lasch was an intellectual hero of my youth.