Anthony Elliott, Stephen Frosh's Psychoanalysis in Contexts: Paths between Theory and Modern PDF

By Anthony Elliott, Stephen Frosh

ISBN-10: 0203139038

ISBN-13: 9780203139035

ISBN-10: 0415097037

ISBN-13: 9780415097031

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Over the last decade and a part there were dramatic adjustments in psychoanalytic thought, in addition to in cultural, social and political idea. Psychoanalysis in Contexts examines those adjustments and explores the connection among psychoanalysis and theory.
the amount brings jointly major students and practitioners in psychoanalysis to increase a different rethinking of the relatives among subjectivity and inter-subjectivity, sexual distinction and gender energy, and subconscious hope and political change.
Psychoanalysis in Contexts creates a discussion among various psychoanalytic techniques to the learn of subjectivity, social motion and glossy societies. it is going to be crucial interpreting for everybody drawn to the long run path of psychoanalytic and cultural thought.

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Kant writes that ‘without our being conscious that what we are thinking now is the same as what we thought a moment before, all reproduction in the series of representations would be vain’ (1966:103). What is at stake is the consciousness that we are thinking the same thing. How can we be assured of this consciousness? Here Kant introduces the concept. But the concept, in its proper sense, is unnecessary. A dog probably does not have what we call the concept of a rabbit, yet it knows quite well that it is the same rabbit that it is chasing along a trajectory (which is, moreover, the solution to a differential equation, that of the curve of pursuit, which minimizes at each instant the space which remains to be covered in relation to the moving prey).

No more than one could, even with the greatest amount of inspiration, write or even improvise music without making calculations, neither could one displace and condense without the use of certain elementary, non-conscious and, of course, non-explicit logical operations, without what Hobbes considered the essential attribute of reason, that is to say, calculating, making computations, ‘reckoning’. All this is to say that we have suffered from a little too much abstraction (or from misguided abstraction), both in the history of philosophy and in psychoanalysis.

For example, everything conveyed by the idea of the ‘magical omnipotence of thought’, and, more generally, by the set of processes described in The Two Principles of Mental Functioning. Also, for example, what is implied by denial, where, as opposed to what happens with repression or other defence mechanisms, it is the same psychical instance that posits something (whether an object or attribute, it matters little) both as existing and as nonexistent—which certainly goes beyond the borders of any function intended to represent some sort of reality.

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