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Abstract Holm-Hadulla, Rainer M.

Key Lecture
The Transformation of Destructiveness into Creativity – Goethe, Freud and The Rolling Stones 

Mythologies, religions, philosophies, and ideologies show that all cultures are concerned with human destructivity. The same is readily apparent in many modern creative works. In their famous song „Sympathy for the Devil”, Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones refer to Goethe’s Faust, where the Devil is characterized strangely as “a portion of that power/ which always works for the Evil and effects the Good … a part of Darkness which gave birth to Light”. These verses remind one of ancient myth but also of modern ideas of the interplay of creation and destruction. The poetry of Goethe, the scientific psychoanalysis of Freud, and the aesthetic enactments of Pop-Icons like Mick Jagger show that creative transformations of destructiveness provide existential possibilities to cope with the evil.


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