How Freud Analyzes Keynes: The Love of Money, the “Pleasure Principle” and “Wish Fulfillment” Freudian analysis provides an excellent yardstick when explaining what Keynes identifies as the motive force of the economic machine, that is money-making and the money-loving instincts of individuals. It is the contention of this paper that the money-making and money-loving instincts of individuals can be directly linked to Freud’s “Wish Fulfillment” and “Pleasure Principle” as spelled out in the A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis. One needs to bear in mind that the edition of the A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis that was published in 1920 differed from the original 1903 edition in one important respect. The 1920 edition was...The end:
.....Pleasure Principle” as spelled out in the A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis. Interestingly, Freud splits his “Wish Fulfillment” into capitalist and entrepreneur components and specifically spells out his “Pleasure Principle” in economic terms. Indeed, the “Freudian slips” available aid tremendously in analyzing and breaking down Keynes musings on the love of money and its basis for laissez-faire capitalism. Works Cited Freud, Sigmund. A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis Horace Liveright: New York, 1920. Keynes, John Maynard. The Economic Consequences of the Peace. Ranway, N.J.: Guinn & Boden Company, 1926. ---. “The End of Laissez-Faire.” Panarchy.org 7 Mar. 2010 <http://www.panarchy.org/keynes/laissezfaire.1926.html>.