102 Freud final paper

102 Freud final paper - PHIL 102 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY...

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PHIL 102 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY Freud exam (25% of final grade) Directions: 1. Write your NAME at the top of the first page. 2. Answer ONE of the following questions. Answer ALL parts of the question. Your answer should be at least THREE pages long. 3. Write the number of the question you are answering in the margin at the beginning of your answer. 4. The paper must be in essay format. Write complete sentences (no lists or abbreviations) 5. Check your grammar and spelling! 1. The pleasure principle in infantile and adult life (a) What is Freud’s account (version/explanation) of the development of the “ego-feeling” or sense of self? You need to discuss his ideas about infantile pain and pleasure. How does Freud think the ego feeling develops? Freud believes that our current ‘ego-feeling’ as adults is quite different from when we were children and that there is no way it can be the same from when we were young. He demonstrates this impossibility by stating that “our present ego-feeling is, therefore, only a shrunken residue of a much more inclusive… feeling which corresponded to a more intimate bond between the ego and the world around it” (Freud p. 15). What he means in this statement is that over time, our ego was transformed by, what he termed, external causes. He feels that in the beginning of our life there are certain internal and external causes that allow us to form our ego-feeling. One example he gives is about the baby at his mother’s breast. At first,
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