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Darwin's Worms:
On Life Stories And Death Stories

by Adam Phillips

ISBN 046505675X / 9780465056750 / 0-465-05675-X
Publisher Basic Books
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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Adam Phillips has been called “the psychotherapist of the floating world and “the closest thing we have to a philosopher of happiness. His style is epigrammatic; his intelligence, electric.His new book, Darwins Worms, uses the biographical details of Darwins and Freuds lives to examine endings—suffering, mortality, extinction, and death. Both Freud and Darwin were interested in how destruction conserves life. They took their inspiration from fossils or from half-remembered dreams. Each told a story that has altered our perception of our lives. For Darwin, Phillips explains, “the story to tell was how species can drift towards extinction; for Freud, the story was how the individual tended to, and tended towards his own death. In each case, it is a death-story that uniquely illuminates the life story.