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Cain's Act

Cain's Act

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Publisher: Europa Editions
ISBN: 9781787703971
What lies at the foundation of human history and life in a society? According to Massimo Recalcati, it is not the sentiment of love for one’s neighbour preached by Jesus in the Gospels but the brutal hatred and violence depicted in the story of Cain and Abel. As timely as it is brilliant, this essay examines Cain’s murderous act through the lens of psychoanalysis, showing how delusions of self-sufficiency and individual perfection lie at the deepest roots of fear and violence in our societies. True completeness can only be achieved through others?not despite them. This, argues Recalcati, is the lesson of Cain, one that resonates powerfully in our time

Massimo Recalcati

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