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ASSIS, Maria de Fátima Pessoa de  and  OLIVEIRA, Maria Lúcia de. Cynicism as a metaphor of culture. Rev. Subj. [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.2, pp. 82-92. ISSN 2359-0769.

This work aimed at analyzing cynicism as a metaphor of contemporary culture. We seek to study it in its historical-social aspects and in its relations with the subjects' libidinal economy. It is a theoretical research, based on Psychoanalysis, from Freud and Fábio Herrmann, the author who allowed us to realize the recovery of the psychoanalytic method in the analysis of contemporary culture. From the readings, we verify that cynical rationality is the mode of functioning of the structures of sociability that appear in processes of a crisis of legitimation and erosion of norms of social life. The erotic performance of subjectivities is aligned with economic and social conditions, which implies a new libidinal economy of the subjects, within the framework of cynical capitalism.

Keywords : cynicism; psychoanalysis; culture; capitalism.

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