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Estudos Interdisciplinares em Psicologia

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MAIRENO, Daniel Polimeni. Three preliminary considerations on the concept of the death instinct. Est. Inter. Psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.4, n.2, pp. 169-185. ISSN 2236-6407.

This study aimed to frame the discussion on the concept of death instinct starting from parameters from here defended as fundamental. The paper discusses some of the views that tend to hinder the theoretical understanding of this controversial Freudian concept and in order to resolve them, concludes that at least three considerations must be computed in any discussion on the topic: 1) the use of Freud to biology is not given by the pursuit of form; 2) it is possible to conceptualize the death instinct in exclusively psychological terms; 3) the concept of death instinct is not reduced to a constructive teleology.

Keywords : psychoanalysis; instinct theory; death instinct.

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