‘ANIMISM, MAGIC AND THE OMNIPOTENCE OF THOUGHT’  (Freud)

‘ANIMISM, MAGIC AND THE OMNIPOTENCE OF THOUGHT’  (Freud)

Only in one field has the omnipotence of thought been retained in our own civilization, namely in art. In art alone it still happens that man, consumed by his wishes, produces something similar to the gratification of these wishes and this playing, thanks to artistic illusion, calls forth affects as if it were something real. We rightly speak of the magic of art and compare the artist with a magician. But this comparison is perhaps more important than it claims to be. Art, which certainly did not begin as art for art’s sake, originally served tendencies which to-day have for the greater part ceased to exist. Among these we may suspect various magic intentions.

Freud: Totem and Taboo
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