Sexuality and Psychoanalysis

Philosophical Criticisms

Edited by Jens Vleminck and Eran Dorfman

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The relationship between sexuality and psychoanalysis can be described in terms of an old and stormy love affair. The same can be said about the relationship between psychoanalysis and philosophy. It is precisely this fascinating ‘love triangle' that the present volume of essays aims to explore. A diverse group of philosophers and psychoanalysts reflected on the concept of sexuality in Freudo-Lacanian psychoanalysis. The result is a stimulating collection of essays where the role of sexuality in psychoanalysis is scrutinized from a philosophical point of view.

This volume does more than merely offer an alternative psychoanalytic account of sexuality. It also develops a wide range of philosophical reflections on sexuality as conceptualized by Freudo-Lacanian psychoanalysis, and in this way initiates a dialogue between the two concurrent disciplines.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements and Abbreviations 7

Sexuality, Psychoanalysis, and Philosophy - An Introduction
Jens De Vleminck

Section I - Sexuality and Metaphysics

What is Frightening about Sexual Pleasure? - Introducing Lacan's Jouissance into Freudian Psychoanalysis via Plato and Aristotle
Paul Moyaert

Sextimacy - Freud, Mortality, and a Reconsideration of the Role of Sexuality in Psychoanalysis
Adrian Johnston

Death, Libido, and Negative Ontology in the Theory of Drives
Vladimir Safatle

Love of Truth, True Love, and the Truth about Love
Ruth Ronen

Derrida and Lacan - An Impossible Friendship?
Charles Shepherdson

Section II - Sexuality in Practice 119

The Sexual Animal and the Primal Scene
Elissa Marder

Between Disposition, Trauma, and History - How Oedipal was Dora?
Philippe Van Haute & Tomas Geyskens

Section III - Sexuality and Politics 155

Foucault versus Freud - On Sexuality and the Unconscious
Eran Dorfman

The Psyche and the Social - Judith Butler's Politicizing of Psychoanalytical Theory
Veronica Vasterling

Foucault, Lacan, and the Concept of Technique
Cecilia Sjöholm

Section IV - Sexuality and Aesthetics

Between Signifier and Jouissance - Lacan with Teresa
Ari Hirvonen

Painting as Hysteria - Deleuze on Bacon
Tomas Geyskens

Epilogue - Sexuality and the Quarrel between Philosophy and Psychoanalysis
Eran Dorfman

Notes on the Contributors

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 240 × 160 × 15 mm

240 pages

ISBN: 9789058678447

Publication: October 20, 2010

Series: Figures of the Unconscious 10

Languages: English

Stock item number: 60734

Eran Dorfman is a philosopher specializing in Continental Philosophy and Psychoanalysis. He is currently an Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow at the Freie Universität (Berlin) and Program Director at the Collège International de Philosophie (Paris).
Jens De Vleminck is a philosopher, sexologist, and psychoanalyst (Belgian School for Psychoanalysis). He is Junior Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy (KU Leuven).

Eran Dorfman schrijft in zijn epiloog dat de psychoanalyse en de filosofie elkaar kunnen bevruchten. En inderdaad in dit boek hebben meer dan tien filosofen en psychoanalytici, kenners van Lacan en Freud, uit verschillende werelddelen in twaalf boeiende en uitdagende essays bewezen dat het thema van de seksualiteit zeer geschikt is om deze wederzijdse bestuiving vrucht te doen dragen. De filosofen dagen de analytici uit om de psychoanalyse kritisch te bekijken en omgekeerd wordt aan de filosoof gevraagd om de psychoanalyse serieus te nemen.
LILI PHILIPPE, Tijdschrift voor Psychoanalyse - Zeventiende jaargang - 2011 - Nummer 4