The New Wounded. From Neurosis to Brain Damage. Catherine Malabou. Translated by Steven Miller. FORD HAM UNIVERSITY PRESS. NEW YORK 20 1 2. Catherine Malabou’s star has been steadily rising in the Anglophone world over the last several years. Numerous books have appeared in. This book employs a philosophical approach to the “new wounded” (brain lesion The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage. Catherine Malabou.

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The New Wounded:

The Neutralization of Cerebrality pp. No trivia or quizzes yet. There are several instances in this piece, including ” Within the discipline, this falls into the category of what is known as a levels problem.

This book employs a philosophical approach to the “new wounded” brain lesion patients to stage a confrontation between psychoanalysis and contemporary neurobiology, focused on the issue of trauma and psychic wounds. Given that contemporary neurology observes this change, but does not think it, the need for a new neuropsychoanalysis that address the limits of both is in order, and that is exactly what Malabou shows in conceptualizing destructive plasticity as the possible form of the death drive that Freud was never able to find.

From Neurosis to Brain Damage Pingback: Here, she quotes Woundwd. Brennan Utley rated it really liked it Feb 13, Steven Felicelli rated it liked it Jul 28, After his surgery, he lost not only his memories, but all musical interest and capabilities.

Fascinating article on an area that has intrigued me since university days. Adler essentially based his conclusions on ccatherine premise that in nature things do not produce effects that are radically different in kind.

I was surprised not to see Mortimer Adler’s name mentioned in connection to the mind-brain problem.



malsbou This is an appealing and even auspicious project. A person with Alzheimer’s disease, for example, is not–or not only–someone who has “changed” or been “modified” but rather a subject who has become someone else. Thus today the border separating organic trauma and sociopolitical trauma is increasingly porous. His new research project is centered on emerging infectious disease surveillance, global epidemic outbreak responses, and biosecurity interventions.

Although, according to Malabou, neither approach has adequately conceptualized the ramifications of irruptive trauma, her primary concern is to depict the theoretical exhaustion of Freudian psychoanalytics with regard to contemporary traumatic injuries.

Rehabilitating the Event pp. Ger rated it it was catherinr Apr 11, The idea here is that such cases cannot be understood as the result of an exogenous event without also postulating ‘the existence of an internal, endogenous, process of destruction that responds to the traumatic stimulus and welcomes it, in a sense, facilitating its work of annihilation’ Another point for telling me things about Freud I didn’t know his ,alabou battle with Werner-Jauregg over whether post-traumatic stress disorder could exist.

The New Wounded

It may seem ctaherine to admit that we are all vulnerable to becoming ‘new wounded’ Her sentences often descend into a thicket of jargon from which a reader, especially one not versed in Freudian theory, may find herself hard-pressed to extract meaning: At the same time, it reveals that political oppression today assumes the guise of a traumatic blow stripped of all justification.

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Refresh and try again. This book offers a philosophical account of brain injury and neurosis. In the traumatic brain injury research of the last five years, the field has indeed taken this up seriously. There is thus a dialectic of identity and otherness within the brain itself, and therein lies the vital contradictoriness of homeostasis: And such donated narratives arrive in quite unusual ways. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 21 4: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.


Karla Jasso rated it liked it Jan 16, While this would be a matter of cerebrality, more importantly it would involve endogenous determination. Effacing the limits that separate “neurobiology” from “sociopathy,” brain damage tends also to blur the boundaries between history and nature.

As your piece emphasizes, is not the mind affected by injury to the brain? Cztherine today the border separating organic trauma and sociopolitical trauma is increasingly porous. While Malabou may be entirely correct in declaring that new identities indeed emerge — ex nihilo —in the wake of brain trauma, her analysis misses the persistent rejoinders, the possibilities of continuity envisioned catherlne enacted in neurotrauma today.

Toward a Plasticity of the Compulsion to Repeat pp. This concept, which is Malabou’s own, forms the nnew ground of the synthesis she proposes.

For Malabou, coming to terms with destructive plasticity requires using the neurological critique to force a radical revision onto psychoanalysis by positing the existence of a death drive that would be independent of the pleasure principle: The main issue that hangs over wonded, though, has to do with its relation to empirical science.

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