Crisis of capitalism and death wish - by Gilles Dostaler et Bernard Maris[Reading report] by Antoine Desjonquères


The author is part of the "Alternative Management" third year specialization program in HEC Paris

This book aims at linking two 20th century great thinkers’ works: Freud and Keynes. Keynes observes capitalism not only as an economist but also as an anthropologist. Therefore, he sees men’s economical and social behaviors first of all as a consequence of an irrational impetus, which can be linked to what Freud describes as the death wish. Thus, capitalism, a nature destruction process to struggle against scarcity, would result from the confrontation between the human trend to self-destruction and the libido, or in other words, the confrontation between death wish and life wish.


Quote article  Antoine Desjonquères , « Crisis of capitalism and death wish - by Gilles Dostaler et Bernard Maris », 15 march 2014, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Reading report]

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