Sexuality and psychoanalysis : philosophical criticisms by Jens De Vleminck

By Jens De Vleminck

The courting among sexuality and psychoanalysis could be defined by way of an outdated and stormy love affair. an identical could be stated concerning the courting among psychoanalysis and philosophy. Sexuality and Psychoanalysis explores this interesting "love triangle." a various team of philosophers and psychoanalysts in either the Freudian and Lacanian traditions scrutinize the position of sexuality in psychoanalysis from a philosophical aspect of view.

Contributors: Jens De Vleminck, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Eran Dorfman, Freie Universität Berlin; Tomas Geyskens, Leuven; Ari Hirvonen, college of Helsinki; Adrian Johnston, collage of recent Mexico; Elissa Marder, Emory collage; Paul Moyaert, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Ruth Ronen, Tel Aviv collage; Vladimir Safatle, college of São Paulo; Charles Shepherdson, college at Albany, kingdom collage of latest York; Cecilia Sjöholm, Södertörn college; Philippe Van Haute, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen; Veronica Vasterling, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

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In these examples, satisfaction is not the natural end of the drives and has too little power or too little attraction to allay such pleasure. Enjoyment in the sense of jouissance is so powerful that the interest in a calming satisfaction is lost. Such enjoyment is not good and has nothing in common with the pleasure that remains within the natural boundaries of an activity. Plato mistrusts enjoyment and warns against the idea that pleasure is intrinsically good. The preceding examples illustrate and actualize Plato’s view.

But here, too, we have to be attentive to the creativity of autoeroticism. A person who is in the mood for complaining will always find something to complain about, and a point is reached at which complaining becomes a self-sustaining activity. Drives create the objects that they need to feed themselves. Hence, a strong, vital hypochondriac complaint transforms the world into an expression of the complaining body. Pleasure has to do with the reversal of the usual end/ means relationship. e. the relief of complaint) is transformed into a pretext for the activity.

Lacan, 1977, p. ” Lacan here gestures in the direction of Freud’s metapsychological thesis that the unconscious is ignorant of death (Freud, 1915c, p. 296). Hence, one cannot say that death (understood in this context in a somewhat Heideggerian fashion) is repressed in the same way that a traumatic sexual memory is, since death “as such” (that is, the individual’s “ownmost” death as anticipated from his/her first-person perspective) escapes the powers of mental representation. The living, conscious individual obviously cannot experience his/her own demise.

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