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English Choose a language for shopping. Psychoanalysis makes a concession to categorical ways of thinking by providing different, even opposing, definitions of narcissism, sadism, masochism, but psychoanalytic thinking lies outside of categorical thought.

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This collaborative effort by Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips extends the theoretical work of the former in important ways.

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The impersonal narcissism Bersani yearns for may be much more widely available in the arts than he thinks.

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While Chapters 1 and 3 cover familiar terrain for longstanding readers of Bersani, Chapter 2, I found, opens up new directions for theorizing sexuality.

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But these must be super-redemptive works, since they redeem us from merely inhimacies literature. 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. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. It should be noted that Bersani is building on previous work here: Psychoanalysis and Art and Homos.

One person found this helpful. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Add both to Cart Add both to List. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Leo Bersani, with some interspersed comment by Adam Phillips, continues his theme of the shattering of the traditional psychoanalytic ego in limit experiences.

In pursuit of new forms of intimacy they take up a range of concerns across a variety of contexts. The one reservation I have about this book is that the self-described “dialogue” between Bersani and Phillips isn’t executed to great effect. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Intimacies by Leo Bersani.

Two gifted and highly prolific intellectuals, Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips, here present a fascinating dialogue about the problems and possibilities of human intimacy. Two gifted and highly prolific intellectuals, Leo Bersani and Adam Inti,acies, here present a fascinating dialogue about the problems and intimacjes of human intimacy. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.


In Freudian terms, the hyperbolic ego risks being shattered by its own narcissistically thrilling inflation. 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.

Rudy Oldeschulte trained in psychoanalysis with Anna Freud, and teaches psychology and ethics at a local community college. I also think his attempt to craft a theory of love in Chapter 3 through the notion of “impersonal narcissism” is more supple and engaging than Edelman’s repetitive missives against heteronormative reproductivity. Minnette Lehmann rated it it was amazing Aug 22, Their conversation takes as its point of departure psychoanalysis and its central importance to the modern imagination—though equally important is their shared sense that by misleading us about the importance of self-knowledge and the danger of narcissism, psychoanalysis has failed to realize its most exciting and innovative relational potential.

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He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including The Freudian Body: Thus, sadistically motivated narcissism is also masochistically satisfying.