We frequently talk about forbidden pleasures. But why do we rarely discuss pleasures we take for granted? We worry over the things we deny ourselves while paying little attention to our real enjoyment of available pleasures. But in neglecting what we have in favour of what we don't, asks Adam Phillips, are we not denying ourselves the very joys within our grasp? Elegantly exploring the meaning and significance of the Unforbidden, from Genesis to Oscar Wilde to Freud and his fellow writers, Unforbidden Pleasures examines the philosophical, psychological and social dilemmas that govern our desire and shape us.
Publisher's description. Adam Phillips elegantly unfolds the concept of the 'unforbidden', from the Old Testament to Freud and beyond, exploring the philosophical, psychological and social complexities that govern human desire and shape our reality. * Penguin *
The most interestingly subversive meditation on modern life I have read for many years... Phillips ranges over a wide field, including reflections on Hamlet and the tyrannical power of conscience. Elegant, forceful and rich in insight, this is a book that can be read again and again * New Statesman - Books of the Year 2015 *
[A] playfully digressive style... He is the finest living decipherer of affective life [and] the Bob Dylan of psychoanalysis * Daily Telegraph *
There is a lot of philosophy and psychoanalysis packed into these 200 pages * Radar *
Adam Phillips is single-handedly continuing the tradition of the world's best essayists * Observer *