The Failed Assassination of Psychoanalysis: The Rise and by Agnès Aflalo, A. R. Price

By Agnès Aflalo, A. R. Price

Assessment and cognitive-behavioral scientism, that have been gradually infiltrating various varieties of wisdom with harmful impression, absolutely have performed a job within the enactment of modern legislation that have been meant to manage the workout of psychotherapies, even on the expense of the disappearance of psychoanalysis itself. after which, the foreign Psychoanalytical organization, regardless of having been based by way of Freud to guard his invention, began to advise the compelled cognitivization of psychoanalysis. in the meantime, psychiatry slid again into its 19th century hygienic obscurantism and its new recruit, epidemiology, started taking part in host to racialist discourses.

However, the extra evaluate steps up the commodification of knowledges and reinforces modern discontent, the extra psychoanalysis within the Lacanian orientation demonstrates its public profit. As Agnès Aflalo indicates right here with nice readability, this manner of psychoanalysis is the single one to welcome the singularity of these who wish to locate their method within the opacity in their indicators.

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Therefore, they saw winning the battle of the implementing decrees as a critical step. This was just what it would take to win the lucrative monopoly on the university training of therapists. That was so, but psychoanalysis is an experience of the subject, and without freedom, the subject’s responsibility cannot be engaged. This means that psychoanalysis cannot be practised outside of a space of liberty which only democracy can guarantee. In casting aside the principles of liberty with an eye to breaching psychoanalysis, Lacan’s enemies also showed themselves to be enemies of the Enlightenment and the values of the French Republic.

When it comes to the sexual drives, they are no better off in Widlöcher’s theory because they PROCRUSTES AND THE RIVER OF SLUDGE II 41 have to restrict themselves to reproductive need. Doesn’t this fall rather short when it comes to giving an account of the diversity of modes of jouissance, both hetero- and homosexual? And how is the reproductive purpose to be entertained in shoe fetishists? Truth silenced Elucidating the logic of jouissance is not of course at issue in this kind of project. This is why, contrary to the facts of the analytic experience, Widlöcher asserts: “Psychoanalysis does not have the goal of establishing or acknowledging a truth” (Widlöcher, 1996, p.

More to the point, it is to refuse him his status as a speaking, desiring subject, and in particular his status as a subject responsible for his jouissance. “Scientific” psychology rejects the subject because it is only at this high price that it can assert that the psyche obeys the laws of science, as does the organism, and that it is strictly determined, regardless of what one might say about it. The Freudian discipline is incompatible with this postulate (and in this respect it sides with religion and the major schools of philosophy, albeit for different reasons) because the subject cannot be eliminated from the analytic experience.

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