Freud, Nietzsche and the Self Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Freud, Nietzsche and the Self
A comparative analysis of the writings of Freud and Nietzsche on the authentic human self.
# 134333 | 1,250 words | 0 sources | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Psychology (Freud) , Philosophy (General)

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This paper examines the writings of both Freud and Nietzsche on the topic of the authentic human self. Specifically the paper examines the relationship between the self and the external world, and the purpose of human existence as formulated by both theorists. The writer finds that, although there are some differences in their approaches, ultimately the two men agree that the authentic human self is in the end, a creative force.

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"Freud and Nietzsche both thought and wrote at length about the human condition--specifically about what it is that keeps people, in their ways, from happiness and fulfillment. More widely, they were both concerned with the manner in which the institutions that man had created were keeping him from happiness, or were limiting his creative expression or understanding. Particularly, Freud and Nietzsche were revolutionary for their respective historical times in rejecting the claims and holds of religion upon truth, and its value in elevating the human condition in the present. This paper will explore the similarities in Freud and Nietzsche's conceptions of the human self as well as the differences between them. While both take..."

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