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By Lévinas, Emmanuel; Lévinas, Emmanuel; Marcus, Paul

ISBN-10: 087462763X

ISBN-13: 9780874627633

ISBN-10: 1441612270

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I'm certainly now not a Freudian, declared Levinas in an interview. And but, as Marcus passionately argues, Levinas's path-breaking moral writings can profoundly improve theoretical and medical psychoanalysis. Like Freud, Levinas used to be interested by own life, on these problems with final worth and which means which are vital to what it skill to be a man or woman at its top. either thinkers have been attracted to aiding to create the stipulations of danger for humans to be kinder, gentler, better, and extra moderate within the face of the harshness, chaos, and ethical demanding situations that all of us face in our own lives and at the global scene. This publication goals to give a contribution to the advance of a complementary paradigm to mainstream psychoanalysis, person who relies at the Levinasian assumption that the self isn't really essentially and to begin with "for oneself," as psychoanalysis often places forth, yet, really, accountability for the Other--ethics, is "the crucial, basic and primary constitution of subjectivity." the writer illustrates his thesis--that the self is "hostage" to the opposite, that psychopathology is "ethical blunting," and therapy good fortune is the improved potential to love--with attention-grabbing scientific vignettes and insights derived from his paintings as a psychoanalyst

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But in the ‘prehistory’ of the ego posited for itself speaks a responsibility. The self is through and though a hostage, older than the ego, prior to principles. What is at stake for the self, in its being, is not to be. ” in the ethical sense, assume a concept of the ego that is derivative from my proximity to the Other. 86 In this view, human subjectivity is not the separate and isolated ego of modern philosophy, and to some extent, certain versions of psychoanalysis maintain aspects of this underlying presupposition about the human condition.

33 In many ways then, at least ideally, such an existential mode should be integrated into the valuative commitments of any psychoanalytic outlook, especially its conception of a so-called successful analysis. Responsibility for-the-Other in the Clinical Encounter In what ways is a Levinasian view of the centrality of responsibility for the Other in human experience implicated in the psychoanalytic understanding of certain kinds of psychopathology and clinical practice? Needless to say, to do justice to this subject would require its own book, though I will take up this question in considerable detail in the last chapter.

37 Given the extreme complexity of the concept of guilt, for the sake of clarity and economy of presentation, I will mainly be drawing from the Freudian version of psychoanalysis in my discussion and, secondarily, from some of the other psychoanalytic perspectives mentioned in the previous chapter. Moreover, I will largely be dealing with guilt as it relates to aggressive misconduct rather than guilt over sexual misbehavior such as maternal incest and patricide or child masturbation. ”38 That is, after Auschwitz, only an ethical theory that struggles to explain the ultimate ethical problem of all eras, why individuals and groups take great pleasure in murdering, is worth our serious attention.

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