Psychoanalysts Have Contributed to Their Own Downfall

In her column in “Le Monde”, the historian E. Roudinesco deplores the loss of prestige suffered by the discipline, and argues in favour of returning to so-called “humanist” psychiatry. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, Le Monde.

Elisabeth Roudinesco
Ethics: A Discussion

Wittgenstein’s Radical Ethics Hannes Nykänen     Commentary to Hannes Nykanen’s paper “Wittgenstein’s Radical Ethics” Sergio Benvenuto     Psycho-Analysis and the Morally Charged Nature of Personal Relations: A Response to Hannes Nykänen Hugo Strandberg  

Ethics: Wittgenstein’s Radical Ethics

This text is the starting point for a discussion on Ethics from a philosophical – and psychoanalytical – point of view. Comments on Nykänen’s paper, as well as papers on the same topic, are welcome.

Hannes Nykänen
Ethics: Commentary to Hannes Nykanen’s Paper “Wittgenstein’s Radical Ethics”

I do not wish to analyse in depth the theory put forward by Hannes Nykanen, which he exemplifies as a theory of ethics based on an I/You understanding. However, I have the impression that what he says is very close to phenomenological thinking, in particular to Husserl, Scheler and Merleau-Ponty. In all frankness, I believe that reference to these authors would have been much more appropriate, to support his own thesis, than reference to Wittgenstein.

Sergio Benvenuto
Ethics: Psycho-Analysis and the Morally Charged Nature of Personal Relations: A Response to Hannes Nykänen

1. There are certainly many ways of summarizing what Wittgenstein is up to in the Philosophical Investigations. One important thread running through the book is Wittgenstein’s critical discussion of two seemingly opposed conceptions of language. According to the first one, language is fundamentally a private phenomenon (cognitivism and mentalism are contemporary examples). The so-called…

Hugo Strandberg
Après Coup: A Debate

Editorial Note The response by Jamieson Webster e Marcus Coelen to one of our 12 Questions– Many philosophers are particularly interested in the thought of Jacques Lacan. What value or meaning do you attribute to the Lacanian après-coup?

Après Coup: Retroactive Memory: A Conversation with Jean-Bertrand Pontalis

This conversation between Sergio Benvenuto and Jean-Bertrand Pontalis took place on 13 October 1989 in the latter’s office at Éditions Gallimard in Paris.

Sergio Benvenuto
On Après-Coup: Riposte

The European Journal of Psychoanalysis has kindly agreed to publish a reply to what Jamieson Webster and Marcus Coelen (hereafter, collectively, J&M). It is relevant to my last point that although neither Jamieson nor Marcus are among my intimates, Marcus is currently a colleague at Columbia University’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and Jamieson and I have known each other for years and have been on friendly terms.

Jonathan House
Après Coup: A Response to Jonathan House’s Riposte

Jonathan House’s Riposte:

Marcus Coelen & Jamieson Webster
Après Coup: Lacan on Nachträglichkeit

In the interest of the integrity of scholarship, let us recall that besides Seminar 5 already discussed, Lacan addressed specifically Freud’s notion of Nachträglichkeit many times. Often Lacan refers to this notion using, as Jonathan House notes, the adverbial form nachträglich . Note that in 1972 this notion is not used as retroactivity or retrospective modification and very much like Laplanche, Lacan gives to this notion a foundational status in psychoanalysis.

Patricia Gherovici
Après Coup: A Comment

I would like to add my observations to this ongoing debate in EJP on après-coup, particularly its relationship to other psychoanalytic concepts, especially those that seem most closely related and to occupy the same ground. My reflections, in fact, being limited here, aim to stimulate further questions rather than answers, a path to follow rather than the destination.

Pietro Pascarelli
Forum: On Roudinesco’s Article “Psychoanalysts Have Contributed to Their Own Downfall”

The “so-called decline” of psychoanalysis is a “false diagnosis”, assert in a Forum in Le Monde Sophie Marret-Maleval and Aurélie Pfauwadel, psychoanalysts and university professors, in response to a text by Elisabeth Roudinesco published on February 9th 2019.

Sophie Marret-Maleval & Aurélie Pfauwadel
The Un-Freud, for Better or Worse

Summary: “The Uncanny” begins with Freud’s admission that he doesn’t know much about the subject: he is not prone to the uncanny feeling.  He is also not prone, he says, to writing about art and literature, since “it is only rarely that a psychoanalyst feels impelled to investigate the subject of aesthetics.”  Except, all the evidence speaks to the contrary: writings on Dostoevsky, on L…

Emma Lieber
Book Review Essay: “Intimacy and Separateness in Psychoanalysis” by Warren Poland

Intimacy and Separateness in Psychoanalysis by Warren S. Poland With a preface by Nancy Chodorow. Edited and introduced by William F. Cornell Routledge 2018

René Major
European Journal of Psychoanalysis