Colin Wilson: Origins of the Sexual Impulse

(2994 words)

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 t…

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Stanley, Colin. "Origins of the Sexual Impulse". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 October 2008
[, accessed 08 July 2015.]