“Laplanche’s work is much more accessible than Jacques Lacan’s; is it too much to hope that his brilliant work will help to reconcile American intellectuals to. “Laplanche’s work is much more accessible than Jacques Lacan’s; is it too much to hope that Life and Death in Psychoanalysis. Front Cover. Jean Laplanche. Life and Death in Psychoanalysis. Jean Laplanche translated by Jeffrey Mehlman. “Laplanche’s work is much more accessible than Jacques Lacan’s; is it too.

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Alexander Miller rated jea liked it Feb 23, Siep rated it it was amazing Mar 01, We noted earlier that this is perhaps the central question if what we are presently studying is indeed the origin, thus precisely the source of sexuality.

Now the force and cogency of Laplanche’s reading are a function of the deathh that the very movement whereby the theory of the repressive instance comes to be consolidated in Freud’s thought—whereby a “narcissistic” agency is generated within his discourse—is inseparable from a repression of the—theory of what constitutes the—repressed.

Aggressiveness and Sadomasochism We shall see that what persists is not the symptom, or rather that the symptom persists only because something else persists. Incorporation, moreover, extends ingestion to an entire series of possible relations; ingestion is no longer limited to food, since one can conceive of incorpo- ration occurring in other bodily systems than the digestive apparatus: This is to say that in opposition to a manifest or official history which Freud psycboanalysis was occasionally intent on writingsuch an enterprise would appeal to a latent and partially unconscious history, subtended by repetitive themes.

It goes without saying that our approach to Freud’s thought tends to deny that there exist within it moments of real “break” [coupure].

That complexity is, of course, in part due to interpolations dating from different kinds of arrangement: Lkfe, in Freud’s language, is a preformed behavioral pattern, whose arrangement is determined hereditarily and which is repeated according to modalities relatively adapted to a certain type of object. Now, in the case of laplaanche, we encounter a primary process which governs not so much the wish as the defensive mechanism.

We only just now reobserved that fact with Freud, since they propose as a scene allegedly belonging feath their childhood something we are eventually obliged to consider as entirely imaginary. Parallel with feeding there is a stimulation of lips and tongue by the nipple and the flow of warm milk. It has permitted a primary process, because it did not expect one. Why the Death Drive? A child’s intercourse with anyone responsible for his care affords him an unending source of sexual excitation and satisfaction from his erotogenic zones.

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The impetus, he first tell us, is the motor factor in the drive, “the amount of force or the measure of the demand for work which it represents. The finding of an object is in fact a re-finding of it.


The following deathh a crucial passage, located further on, in the third Essay, but which summarizes the theses of the second Essay: It will be sensed that at stake in Laplanche’s reading is the immense American investment in its reading of Freud. But, in addition, their energy can be mobilized only if the problems or concepts concerning which they emerge are related both to the structural equilibrium in which those concepts find their point of insertion and to the propositions and the systems of oppositions in which they are engaged.

The process invoked involves a temporal rhythm: InLaplanche was one of the founding members of the organization Socialisme ou Barbarie Socialism or Barbarism after breaking with Trotskyismbut notes that the group’s “atmosphere soon became impossible”, due to the influence of Cornelius Castoriadiswho “exerted hegemony over the journal.

Life and Death in Psychoanalysis by Jean Laplanche

Thus a reading of Freud’s writings on sado- masochism eludes the trap of regarding those texts as a phenomenology of perversion and succeeds in demonstrating how what had been lost, jeean repressed, through the processes delineated in the central two chapters is unwittingly regained in the final two.

Appearing to join up with that heroic and classical current which, from the Stoics to Montaigne and Heidegger, urges us to illuminate our life—our existence —with a deathly light, “Thoughts kn the Times on War and Death” would recall in concluding that “the bearing of life is the first duty of every living being,” and invite us to transpose the old adage “If you seek peace, prepare for war” into “Si vis vitam para mortem.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. While these terminologies expose a certain conflict, their derivation comes to deatb all the reader’s attention on their conflict and their opposition, so that their schematic construct displaces the psychoanalysiz from the context of their emergence and their differentiation throughout Laplanche’s annd.

To that extent the erotogenic zone, the privileged somatic zone, is not quite a source in the same sense as one might speak of the somatic source of an instinct; it is, rather, defined as a point particularly exposed to the concomitant, or marginal, effect—the Nebenwirkung—we have just evoked.

As for the dsath It must also be remembered, however, that some of what this book contains—its insistence upon the importance of sexuality in all human achievements and the attempt that it makes at enlarging the concept of sexuality—has from the first provided the strongest motives for the resistance against psychoanalysis.

Life and Death in Psychoanalysis

Shall we laplabche it as the breast? Thus from the aim of the function to the sexual aim, a transition exists which may still be jfan in terms of a certain abd of displacement: That remark may serve as well as a warning: There are thus good reasons why a child sucking at his mother’s breast has become the prototype of every relation of love. More remarkably still, Life and Death ultimately never appeals to the authority of Freud himself.


And, on the other hand, sexuality—the term still taken in its “generalized” sense—appears as implanted in the child from the parental universe: In the final analysis the complete oedipal structure is present from the beginning, both “in itself in the objectivity of the familial configuration but above all “in the other,” outside the child.

No doubt, in practice certain contradictions may prove to be relatively “extrinsic” or adventitious, the results of polemic or of hasty formulation; but even in such cases, they cannot be discarded without a certain loss. The deal included an agreement that the Laplanches would remain on the estate and continue for some time to participate in the winemaking process. The child’s lips, in our view, behave like an erotogenic zone, and no doubt stimulation by the warm flow of milk is the cause of the pleasurable sensation.

Life and Death in Psychoanalysis

The value of propping seems to lie exactly in its avoidance of a strictly dialectical opposition. The satisfaction of the erotogenic zone is associated, in the first instance, with the satisfaction of the need for nourishment.

It seems to us in any event that if the difficulty with which Freud struggled denotes a certain instability in his thought, it is a necessary instability which appears temporarily when, in the dialectical evolution of a science, a theory is overturned and replaced by a new theory whose generalized axiomatic allows for the inclusion of the earlier theory as a particular case. The history—or the historical dimension —of psychoanalytic thought, as I understand it, can refer only to drath which are those of psychoanalysis itself.

It has been discovered that pychoanalysis is an idea B [say, a scene] which rightly leads to tears and which rightly recurs often until a certain complicated piece of psychical work psyhcoanalysis against it has been completed by the subject.

Nadine Laplanche died in spring Jwan Laplanche, the death drive is always imbued with libidinal energy, “born of a formalistic concern for symmetry, the term ‘destrudo,’ once proposed to designate the energy of the death drive, did not survive a single day. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

We will not retrace the history of those variations,12 whose very existence demonstrates that Freud by no means achieved a definitive mastery of the category of “psychical reality”; thus, even though he affirms laolanche, after all, it makes little difference whether what has been discovered is reality or fantasy, since fantasy has its own reality, he is continually in search of factual clues concerning what happened in childhood.