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Title: Sublimation and Symbolization
Subtitle: An Aristotelian Psychoanalysis
Author(s): BERNET, Rudolf
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 5 Issue: 3 Date: October 1998
While sublimation is not the first word in psychoanalysis, it nevertheless constitutes the final aim of psychoanalytic thought in both its clinical and theoretical orientations. Indeed, if psychoanalysis is primarily a practice whose aim is to alleviate a patient’s sufferings, and if these sufferings are largely the result of a conflict between the exigencies of an individual’s drives and the necessities of a civilized social life, then effective therapeutic action presupposes some knowledge of the way in which such a conflict might be resolved.