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La Descente chez les Mères dans le Faust II de Goethe ou L’ontologie de Méphistophélès
The Descent to the Mothers in Goethe’s Faust II or the Ontology of Mephistopheles

Author(s): Jacques Le Rider
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: L'Orecchio di Van Gogh
Keywords: Devil; Eros; Thanatos; Faust; Goethe; Mothers; Nothingness

Summary/Abstract: In the episode of the descent of Faust at the « Mothers », Goethe concentrated his metaphysics of being, which is also a metaphysics of nothingness, because Faust II is based on the disturbing oscillation between the divine principle, the man ‑ God and the Devil. This ontological myth also has the meaning of a metapsychology of the relationships between sexes and the representations of the Eternal Feminine, whose Mother‑cult power is presented here taking the form of an absolute power of life and death.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 09
  • Page Range: 34-48
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: French