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If we say “particular lucidity,” it is out of a sense that certain discoveries may be forgotten, eclipsed, or repressed laplanhe their author: And as for the “stretching” of the concept of sexuality which has been necessitated by the analysis of children and what are called perverts, anyone who looks down with contempt upon psychoanalysis from a superior vantage-point should re- member how closely the enlarged sexuality of psychoanalysis coincides with the Eros of the divine Plato.

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Fourthly, there was the consideration that even in the most deep-reaching psychoses the unconscious memory does not break through, so that the secret of infantile experiences is not revealed even in the most confused states of delirium [thus even in those cases most lufe favorable to an investigation of the unconscious—psychoses—ultimately, an initial event never emerges].

Freud will generate the specificity of repression through a comparison with normal modes of defense. Already in the text of the Three Essays, but even more as Freud’s considerations expand through broader clinical experience, the capacity to be the point of departure of sexual stimulation is revealed to be by no means the privilege of those pschoanalysis which are successively described as the loci of oral, anal, urethral, or genital sexuality.

This is so clearly the case that a glance at any psychiatric textbook reveals that its authors admit a remarkable diversity of perversions, concerning the entirety of the field of “instincts” and according to the number and classification of the instincts they adopt; not only sexual perversions but also, and perhaps above all, perversions of the moral sense, of the social instincts, of the nutritive instinct, etc.

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No doubt, we might expand on the underlying sexual atmosphere of the scenario convulsive laughter, flight, etc. I confess that in translating Ddeath, I hope to contribute to a widening of that chink. So what are we to make of this comparison? What, then, is perverted, since we may no longer psychoanalysos to a “sexual instinct,” at least in the case of the small child?

We are thus warned to loosen the bond that exists in our thoughts between drive and object.

Trieh has fre- quently been translated in French as instinct, and transposed by psychoa- nalysts in English, as well, as instinct. In so doing, he needed a new definition of sexuality, since he came to realize that the old one—referring to genital sex with fixed aim and specific object—had proved unacceptable. And yet even in so late a text as the Outline, one senses the immense difficulty experienced by Freud in proposing a synthesis, as though his final contribution—concern- ing Eros and the death drive—could but barely be integrated into the first notion of sexuality.


It should be understood that the real object, milk, was the object of the function, which is virtually preordained to the world of satisfaction. For, as we know from The Interpretation of Dreams, an absurdity in the manifest content or the secondary elaboration may be the index of a criticism or a difficulty at a deeper level.

Our interpretation ought then to draw on a knowledge of the unconscious mechanisms delineated by psychoa- nalysis: Such is the “interdiscipli- nary” approach that Freud explicitly4—and Jones in his wake5—proposes in defining the contribution of psychoanalysis to biology: 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.

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InLacan finally published the thousand pages of Ecrits, containing a dazzling assortment of superla- tively provocative and outrageously intelligent observations born of his analyses of Freud.

Livier Govea rated it really liked it Apr 25, Jean Laplanche was one of the founders of the Association Psychanalytique de France and served also as its president in — Contrary to Freud, we shall consider them in chronological order. But here it is not a perception but a memory-trace which unexpect- edly releases unpleasure, and the ego discovers this too late. It should be emphasized that this is not simply a word game, neither for us nor for Freud, since we encounter in the Three Essays two meanings of the word source, with a relation between the two we should do well to follow.

Winnicottian Perspectives London p. Freud, who repeatedly compared the psychoanalytic discovery to a Copernican revolution, was for Laplanche both “his own Copernicus but also his own Ptolemy.

Jean Laplanche, Psychoanalyst, 1924-2012

Every new perception which irritates the unconscious me- mory of the traumatizing event, and every new trauma which may echo it, results in the emergence into consciousness not of the scene itself but of the symbol of the scene, and of the symbol alone.

A specific “object” is similarly introduced into the discussion. Such is the case for Freud himself: The “extravagance” of her theories and the obstinacy with which she is reproached for them are well known.

We do so guided by the conviction that a great work—informed by a great experience—cannot be so easily dismembered into good and bad parts. Matt Giles rated it it was amazing Mar 13, The purely psychological theses and findings of psychoanalysis on the unconscious, repres- sion, conflict as a cause of illness, the advantage accruing from illness, the mechanisms of the formations of symptoms, etc.


Partial objects include breast, penis, and numerous other elements related to bodily life excrement, child, etc. I point this out in order to emphasize that the object of the drive can be, without prejudice, a fantasmatic object and that it is perhaps essentially such.

Of those texts none has been read to more remarkable effect than that of Freud, and it is to one of the crucial readings in that general endeavor, Jean Laplanche’s Life and Death in Psychoanalysis—to its situation in the recent “return to Freud” in France, to the way it functions, and to the role that it alone might play for an English-language readership—that these remarks are devoted.

Thus a psychoana,ysis, functional rhythm that of rutting disappears, while elsewhere there emerges a different kind of sequence, which is incomprehensible without calling into lzplanche such lapkanche as repression, reminiscence, work of elaboration, “deferred action. Following the introduction of the theory of generalized seduction, Laplanche published a collection of essays under the title “The Unfinished Copernican Revolution” which referred specifically to the “object” of psychoanalysis, the unconscious — the generalised seduction theory emphasising that such a revolution is “incomplete.

The second scene, for its part, seems to contain no sexual incident, and the patient recounted it at the beginning of her analysis, attributing to it the origin of her phobia: Clearly, this phase is oedipal. But this perspective should be corrected by a reversal: The analysis of a drive, as it is presented to us in psychoanqlysis elements, is also valid, in its generality, for an instinct.

The pschoanalysis is commonly defined as a deviation from instinct, which presupposes a specific path and aim and implies the choice of a divergent path in biology, and currently in the “human sciences,” reference is often made to “deviants”.

After returning to France, Laplanche began attending lectures and undergoing psychoanalytic treatment under Jacques Lacan. Freud’s answer is that sexuality alone is available for that action in two phases which is also an action “after the event. Thus the term jexn has been lsychoanalysis in this tradition as a leaning on the object, and ultimately a leaning on the mother. Having insisted on the general value of Freud’s definitions, a generality which includes both a negative aspect since the definitions may appear abstract but also a positive one since these notions can be shown to coincide with those of a science as concretely empirical as ethologywe shall return to the Three Essays, and to their very first page, on which is found a succinct description of the “popular” conception of sexuality.

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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