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Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips. The dialogue enacts the kind of relationality it seeks to know, moving beyond the traditional narcissism of authorship, probing the important difference between being a psychological subject and finding a way to be present to another person. Psychoanalysis is moved beyond the theory of the ego and developmental norms, returned to primary questions of how and why pleasure is often at odds with self-preservation, and how such enduring tensions are presented in visual media, sexual practice, dialogue, and clinical exchange. Practiced here is an intimacy that explores the regions of impersonal co-existence where losing the self expands the capacity to love.

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Synopsis Two gifted and highly prolific intellectuals, Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips, here present a fascinating dialogue about the problems and possibilities of human intimacy. 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.

In pursuit of new forms of intimacy they take up a range of concerns across a variety of contexts. To test the hypothesis that the essence of the analytic exchange is intimate talk without sex, they compare Patrice Leconte's film about an accountant mistaken for a psychoanalyst,Intimate Strangers, with Henry James's classic novellaThe Beast in the Jungle.

A discussion of the radical practice of barebacking- unprotected anal sex between gay men- delineates an intimacy that rejects the personal. Even serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and the Bush administration's war on terror enter the scene as the conversation turns to the way aggression thrills and gratifies the ego.

Finally, in a reading of Socrates' theory of love from Plato'sPhaedrus, Bersani and Phillips call for a new form of intimacy which they term "impersonal narcissism": a divestiture of the ego and a recognition of one's non-psychological potential self in others. 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.

Charmingly persuasive and daringly provocative,Intimaciesis a rare opportunity to listen in on two brilliant thinkers as they explore new ways of thinking about the human psyche. Read preview Overview. Bellamy University of Nebraska Press, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. Midstream, Vol. Freud, Sigmund The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Lacan, Jacques The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. We use cookies to deliver a better user experience and to show you ads based on your interests.

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Intimacies

In Intimacies, Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips argue for our complicity against what perhaps most people think of as gratifying forms of affection. Such art, Bersani claimed, draws its authority from the existing power structure; an artwork presuming to redeem thus usurps power within its identity. Most artists would deny it. But these must be super-redemptive works, since they redeem us from merely redemptive literature. The self is a practical convenience; promoted to the status of an ethical ideal, it is a sanction for violence. This same prescriptive jouissance turns up in Intimacies. Furthermore, he believes that because our culture valorizes the impossible act of embracing the other, we only become frustrated, filled with rage, and violent.

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Just when I thought I was getting out of psychoanalysis. Leo Bersani , Adam Phillips. Two gifted and highly prolific intellectuals, Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips, here present a fascinating dialogue about the problems and possibilities of human intimacy. 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. In pursuit of new forms of intimacy they take up a range of concerns across a variety of contexts.

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