Eidos, No. 30 January-June 2019

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Life as “Dis-Living” or Schreber, Theorist of the Drives. About Freud’s “Endopsychical Myths” [Spanish]

Felipe Henríquez Ruz, Niklas Bornhauser


The so-called “Schreber case” is one of the most visited texts, both by the psychoa­nalytic tradition and by the interdisciplinary debates intertwined around it. Within the abundant richness of philosophical, literary, clinical, and other readings, one aspect has surprisingly been given little attention, namely, the relationship between the Daniel Paul Schreber delirium and the forging, by Sigmund Freud, of a theory of psychosis as a clinical structure and also of the forces and dynamisms that rule the functioning of the psychic apparatus, the so-called drive theory {Trieblehre}. In this article, this relationship is discussed through a comparative analysis of the notion of “endopsychic myth” in the fields of Schreberian delirium and of Freudian metapsychology, in order to show in both domains, using a series of relations of analogy and isomorphism, the crucial elements of a representation of life as a “dis-living”, that is, as a wear or degradation of the powers of all living matter.


Psychoanalysis, delirium, endopsychic myth, drive doctrine, life.


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