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Benjamin Y. Fong & Scott Jenkins

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 57: Society, Regression, Psychoanalysis, or ‘Capitalism Is Responsible for Your Problems with Your Girlfriend’: On the Use of Psychoanalysis in the Work of the Frankfurt School

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Society, Regression, Psychoanalysis, or ‘Capitalism Is Responsible for Your Problems with Your Girlfriend’: On the Use of Psychoanalysis in the Work of the Frankfurt School
Society, Regression, Psychoanalysis, or ‘Capitalism Is Responsible for Your Problems with Your Girlfriend’
Benjamin Y. Fong Scott Jenkins
Introduction

The possibility of marrying, fusing, or synthesizing Marxist and Freudian problematics was certainly not unheard of before the Frankfurt School pursued it (and, soon after, became associated with that pursuit). In 1923, young Bolshevik philosopher Bernard Bykhovskii pushed Russian psychoanalysts to justify the compatibility of Freud and Marx, a task quickly taken up by M.A. Reisner, Alexander Luria, and A.B. Zalkind.1 The work of these ‘Soviet Freudians’, allowed by Lenin and encouraged by Trotsky, unfortunately ...

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