The New Wounded
From Neurosis to Brain Damage
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Fordham University Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Freud, as we know, distinguishes between two related ways of understanding “sexuality.” The everyday understanding of sexuality supposes that it consists of a set of sexual practices and behaviors. The concept or . . .
Part One: The Neurological Subordination of Sexuality
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Introduction: The “New Maps” of Causality
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In the Critique of Pure Reason, Kant shows that there can be no causality without a “character.” And “character” is defined as the “law of a causality without which it would not be a cause at all”; that is, as the definite and . . .
One: Cerebral Auto-Affection
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Let us be clear: Freud never said that neurons are limited to “stimuli from outside.” Very much to the contrary, from . . .
Two: Brain Wounds: From the Neurological Novel to the Theater of Absence
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Cerebral auto-affection is a process that becomes all the more fragile and all the more exposed to the extent that the event of its destruction constitutes the only proof of its existence for the subject. The importance of this auto-affection . . .
Three: Identity Without Precedent
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Has neurology today undertaken a thinking and writing of destruction more radical than psychoanalysis? As soon as one examines the literature of contemporary neuropathology, the question becomes inevitable. The case . . .
Four: Psychoanalytic Objection: Can There Be Destruction Without a Drive of Destruction?
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Before continuing to examine psychic destruction and its creative plasticity, we must hasten to address the virulent critique that Freud would not have failed to mount against the preceding developments: Is it really possible to . . .
Part Two: The Neutralization of Cerebrality
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Introduction: Freud and Preexisting Fault Lines
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It is unquestionably difficult to break through the heavy wall of the Freudian theory of psychic events. More solid than the “protective shield” that it requires, it seems that this theory never admits anything from outside . . .
Five: What Is a Psychic Event?
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What is a psychic event? This question appears, in all its radicality, in Freud’s fi st texts. The Studies on Hysteria show that the main problem posed by this pathology concerns its etiology—that is, the real nature of its . . .
Six: The “Libido Theory” and the Otherness of the Sexual to Itself: Traumatic Neurosis and War Neurosis in Question
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It is not easy to have done with the etiological primacy of sexuality. As the preceding analyses have shown, and as Freud indicates through his many warnings not to reduce psychoanalysis to . . .
Seven: Separation, Death, the Thing, Freud, Lacan, and the Missed Encounter
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If it still remains possible to constitute cerebrality as a specific regime of events, if it remains possible to show that trauma—as unexpected accident or unforeseen catastrophe—possesses . . .
Eight: Neurological Objection: Rehabilitating the Event
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At the end of August 1914, a Lieutenant Kauders was wounded near Lublin by Russian gunfire. On September 9, nine days after being wounded, he was diagnosed with a skull fracture. Kauders had trouble walking, the two sides . . .
Part Three: On the Beyond of the Pleasure Principle—That It Exists
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Introduction: Remission at the Risk of Forgetting the Worst
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At this stage of our analysis, the reader might be expecting the elaboration of a clinical synthesis between psychoanalysis and neurology that explores new therapeutic possibilities. Nonetheless, at the risk of falling short of . . .
Nine: The Equivocity of Reparation: From Elasticity to Resilience
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The Freudian concept of plasticity, we must recall, essentially designates the imperishable character of psychic life. This character is profoundly ambiguous because it corresponds to two contradictory significations of the term . . .
Ten: Toward a Plasticity of the Compulsion to Repeat
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What does it mean to say “without remedy”? I will formulate my thinking as directly as possible. . . .
Eleven: The Subject of the Accident
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Who, today, is this modifiable and metamorphosable subject, the site of conflict between the two plasticities—constructive and destructive—that entwine and menace its life? Before concluding, I will attempt to outline the
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In his Anxiety seminar, Lacan reproaches Lévi-Strauss and structuralism in general for confusing “structure” with the form of the brain. “The play of structure,” he writes, “of the combinatory that was so powerfully articulated . . .
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Page Count: 288
Publication Year: 2012