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This revolutionary way of relating to the world, they contend, could lead to a new human freedom by mitigating the horrifying violence we blithely accept as part of human nature.

This is part of the difficulty; many chapters sides of the conversation begin strongly in one direction but quickly ijtimacies and begin to range widely. The most disorienting aspect of the psychoanalytic map of the human psyche is a group of unstable polarities sadism and masochism, eros and thanatos, ego and super-egopolarities whose opposite points, or locations, or instances, can simultaneously maintain, if only for heuristic purposes, their distinctness, and collapse into identity.

Preview — Intimacies by Leo Bersani. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Dec 18, Toby Wiggins rated it it was amazing. Freud intlmacies between, on the one intimqcies, the narratives of both the sexual act leading up to and climaxing in orgasm and bersqni development leading up to and climaxing in berwani genitality and, on the other hand, something like the very essence of the sexual that would consist in a shattering of ego boundaries produced by any number of “unaccountable,” unclassifiable objects.


The beloved becomes a lover as a result of being loved … I call this love impersonal narcissism because the self the subject sees reflected in the other is not the unique personality central to modern notions of individualism.

A discussion of the radical practice of barebacking—unprotected anal sex between gay men—delineates an intimacy that rejects the personal.

What all these very different stimuli have in common is their ability to set affect free from psychic organization; unbound affect produces the excitement of jouissance. We update our front page weekly and add more than twenty new reviews each month.

Jan 11, Caroline rated it really liked it. To download from the iTunes Store, get iTunes now. Charmingly persuasive brrsani daringly provocative, Intimacies is a rare opportunity to listen in on two brilliant begsani as they explore new ways of thinking about the human psyche.

Such art, Bersani claimed, draws its authority from the existing power structure; an artwork presuming to redeem thus usurps power within its identity. Rudy Oldeschulte trained in psychoanalysis with Anna Freud, and teaches psychology and ethics at a local community college. If Apple Books doesn’t open, click the Books app in your Dock.

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By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. The death drive as a drive to destroy others would add intlmacies little to a fundamentally nonpsychoanalytic Hobbesian view of human nature.

Two gifted and highly prolific intellectuals, Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips, intumacies present a fascinating dialogue about the problems and possibilities of human intimacy. To apply, write to our editor. The book is written for those with considerable understanding of psychoanalytic theory — in both its current and historical references. The Best Books of To ask other readers questions about Intimaciesplease sign up.



Forster Howards End captured the desire of connecting “the prose and the passion” in a person’s relationship with another. In Intimacies, Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips argue for our complicity against what perhaps most people think of as gratifying forms of affection. Therefore, the more we love our neighbor, the more we want to kill him and make off with his daughters and riding mower.

This revolutionary way of relating to the world, they contend, could lead to a new human freedom by mitigating the horrifying violence we blithely accept as part of human nature.

Thus, sadistically motivated narcissism is also masochistically satisfying. Both writers are arguably good thinkers and good writers about the more interesting bits of life. The brief introduction by Adam Phillips notes that psychoanalysis has “misled” us in our beliefs about what ought to happen by way of psychoanalytic exploration — that is, our belief that knowledge of oneself will be one avenue toward personal development, and ultimately intimacy with another — and that narcissism is a barricade to this journey forward.

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