TOWARDS AN ETHICAL RECONTEXTUALISATION OF FREUD’S THEORY OF PERSONALITY

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  • Mojalefa LJ Koenane University of South Africa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25159/2413-3086/2209

Keywords:

Id, ego, prudence, moral decision-making and behaviour, Thanatos, phronesis, superego.

Abstract

This paper explores the possibilities of complementing Freud’s theory of human nature with the doctrine of St Thomas Aquinas on the virtue of prudence (phronesis). The paper builds on the foundation laid down by Freud’s theory of the id, the ego, and the superego in relation to moral behaviour. However, it takes a rather different approach to moral decision-making and behaviour, culminating in the author’s creation of the concept of the moral-ego. What is being raised in this paper is a concern that Freud’s theory reduces morality to the dictates of the superego.

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Author Biography

Mojalefa LJ Koenane, University of South Africa

Department of Philosophy and Systematic Theology

Senior Lecturer

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Published

2017-02-24

How to Cite

Koenane, Mojalefa LJ. 2017. “TOWARDS AN ETHICAL RECONTEXTUALISATION OF FREUD’S THEORY OF PERSONALITY”. Phronimon 15 (1):1-15. https://doi.org/10.25159/2413-3086/2209.

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Research Articles
Received 2017-02-24
Published 2017-02-24