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Leo Bersani, with some interspersed comment by Adam Phillips, continues his theme of the shattering of the traditional psychoanalytic ego in limit experiences.

None of these excursions allow any further understanding of their attempt at formulating a new ‘story’ or ‘project’ about human relations. What all these very different stimuli berzani in common is their ability to set affect free from psychic organization; unbound affect produces the excitement of jouissance.

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Mark’s Books after a workshop in then again and still loved this most: Return to Book Page. This same prescriptive jouissance turns up in Intimacies.

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Barbara Leung rated it ebrsani was ok Jan 11, This revolutionary way of relating to the world, they contend, could lead to a new human freedom by mitigating the horrifying violence we blithely accept as part of human nature. Intense narcissistic pleasure sexualizes satisfied aggression. Psychoanalysis makes a concession to categorical ways of thinking by providing different, even opposing, definitions of narcissism, intimacirs, masochism, but psychoanalytic thinking lies outside of categorical thought.

To subscribe, click here. There are degrees of self-shattering, ranging form such examples of sexually stimulating simulation as intellectual strain, verbal disputes, and railway travel, to intimaciws ultimate devastation of the ego and the subject in death. Freud’s inttimacies profound originality, it seems to me, is to propose not only that satisfied aggression is accompanied by an erotic excitement, that it produces a narcissistic jouissancebut also, and more radically, that the sexualizing of the ego is identical to the shattering of the ego.

Intimacies by Leo Bersani

Their conversation takes as its point of departure psychoanalysis and its intimafies importance to the modern imagination—though equally important is their shared sense that by misleading us about the importance of self-knowledge and the danger of narcissism, psychoanalysis has failed to realize its most exciting berswni innovative relational potential.


InRilke wrote in a letter to a young man, ” Lists with This Book. Bersani and Phillips at once dream of shattering the ego and, in their own distinct voices, display its miraculous, tragicomic persistence. Leo Bersani wrote the first three chapters, with Phillips reacting in the fourth, and a brief conclusion is offered by Bersani, which reacts to Phillips’ comments.

In Freudian terms, the hyperbolic ego risks being shattered by its own narcissistically thrilling inflation. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Sean Patrick rated it really liked it Feb 11, The impersonal narcissism Bersani yearns for may be much more widely available in the arts than he thinks.

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