Summaries

Generative “Artificial Intelligence” & Psychoanalytic Writing: An Editorial Note

If we begin with the premise that at the very least, nearly all recent psychoanalytic publications, including those in this journal, have availed themselves of generative “artificial intelligence” (any type of AI system capable of generating text, images, or other media in response to user prompts), then we will have said both nothing new and will have provoked a worthwhile and necessar…

Fernando Castrillón
The Stainless Gaze of Artificial Intelligence: A Lacanian Examination of Surveillance and Smart Architecture

Summary: This study looks at the phenomenon of surveillance through AI. The Lacanian big Other is central to this surveillance problem, not only in the paranoiac who assumes that someone is watching him, but also in the way this observer is conceived and where he is located. With the ideas of a “smart city” and “smart homes,” artificial intelligence (AI) is incre…

Marc Heimann & Anne-Friederike Hübener
Perversion and the State: Lacan, de Sade, and Why “120 Days of Sodom” is Now French National Heritage

Summary: In this article I explore the psychoanalytical underpinnings of the recent purchase of the original manuscript of Marquis de Sade’s 120 Days of Sodom by the French state from the perspective of Jacques Lacan’s concept of perversion. I argue that in declaring de Sade’s book national heritage, the French state has tried to empty the text of its transgressive characteristics…

Judith Beyer
Hate: An Obsessional Phantasmagoria

Summary: Since birth was given…debt(h). What knowledge is taken as.[1] Flight.

Stephen Mosblech
Reconstructing the Community, Reconstructing the Image: Refuge in Islam in Yemen and Lacan After Islam

Summary: This article offers a new exploration of the relationship between religion and psychoanalysis. It focuses specifically on the clinical potential of both these approaches—and the encounter between them—to transform existing psychotherapeutic models informed by multiple traditions that impact individuals’ psychic wellness and resilience in contexts of war and upheaval. It also ex…

Ashwak Hauter
Psychoanalysis and the Politics of the Family: The Crisis of Initiation, an Interview with Daniel Tutt 

Daniel Tutt, Ph.D., is a philosopher and socialist. His writing and research concerns psychoanalysis, politics and new directions in Marxist and Nietzschean thought. He has taught philosophy at George Washington University, the Washington, DC jail and Marymount University. Tutt is host of Emancipations Podcast and he founded Study Groups on Psychoanalysis and Politics, an extra-academic…

Anthony Ballas
Book Review Essay: “The Racist Fantasy: Unconscious Roots of Hatred” by Todd McGowan

Review of The Racist Fantasy: Unconscious Roots of Hatred by Todd McGowan, Bloomsbury, 2022, pp. 240.    Author’s note: This review was written contemporaneously with the murder of Tyre Nichols at the hands of police in Memphis, Tennessee.

Loren Dent
Book Review Essay: “Braving the Erotic Field in the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Children and Adolescents” edited by Mary Brady  

Review of Braving the Erotic Field in the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Children and Adolescents edited by Mary Brady, Routledge, 2022, 235 pp.

Nicolle Zapien
Book Review Essay: “Colonial Trauma: A Study of the Psychic and Political Consequences of Colonial Oppression in Algeria” by Karima Lazuli

Review of Colonial Trauma: A Study of the Psychic and Political Consequences of Colonial Oppression in Algeria by Karima Lazali, Polity, 2021,  272 pp.

Christopher Chamberlin
Book Review Essay: “Let Them Rot: Antigone’s Parallax” by Alenka Zupančič

Review of  Let Them Rot: Antigone’s Parallax by Alenka Zupančič, Fordham, 2023, 88 pp.

Ed Pluth
Book Review Essay: Ethics without Ethics: A Review “Psychosis and Extreme States: An Ethic for Treatment” by Bret Fimiani

Review of Psychosis and Extreme States: An Ethic for Treatment by Bret Fimiani, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, 249 pp.

Matthew Oyer
European Journal of Psychoanalysis