Colin Wilson: Origins of the Sexual Impulse

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This fifth volume in Colin Wilson’s Outsider Cycle was published in Britain by Arthur Barker on May 10, 1963 and in the US by G.P. Putnam’s Sons the following month. The book is “...concerned mainly with the post-Freudian revolt against a totally analytical approach, and with raising the question of whether the methods of Gestalt psychology and of Husserl’s phenomenology can be applied to the psychology of sex” (14).

In an “Introductory Note”, Wilson explains that he is planning a “new existentialism” arguing that the “old existentialism” has recently died (around 1950, he estimates): “Before the end of this volume, I shall try to explain why I consider sex to be a valid approach to a new …

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Stanley, Colin. "Origins of the Sexual Impulse". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 October 2008
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