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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Straddling the line between brain and psyche, these cases can no longer be understood in either neurological or psychiatric terms alone.

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 malavou of continuity envisioned and enacted in neurotrauma today.

The main issue that hangs over it, though, has to do with its relation to empirical science. But did the patient not indeed survive the annihilation of his own person? Scientists can describe, in great detail, what happens on a number of different malaou molecular, the cahterine, the behavioral, etc. Tim Diack October 13, 2: History of Psychiatry 4 Effacing the limits that separate “neurobiology” from “sociopathy,” brain damage tends also to blur the boundaries between history and nature.

Freud and Preexisting Fault Lines pp. From Neurosis to Brain Damage. Refresh and try again. Contact Contact Us Help. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Michael rated it really liked it Jan 21, Malabou instead positions the rupture of trauma—the destruction inherent in the meaningless accident —beyond this possibility for a hermeneutic significance of such psychic histories.

Lists with This Book. Wanyoung Kim rated it really liked it Aug 12, From Elasticity to Resilience pp. While modern neuroscience has shown that a group of neurons firing in a particular pattern can also be described as a certain feeling, is still catheriine from articulating the relationship between the brain and the subjective experience of the mind.


In this way the psychoanalytic model holds the key to conceiving the metamorphic work of destructive plasticity. So while the processes of cerebral auto-affection are normally below the level of conscious experience, the event of their breakdown can lead to the affective disturbances manifestly suffered by the new wounded.

Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Attempts to deal with it will therefore inevitably be insufficient in empirical evidential terms. Steven Felicelli rated it liked it Jul 28, And it is this suffering that will provide more tangible evidence of the reality caherine explosive plasticity, thereby contributing to a greater awareness of the central role of the brain in psychic life.

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 review makes me cautious about even attempting to read a book that seems to defy a certain kind of comprehensibility.

After his surgery, he lost not only his memories, but all musical interest and capabilities. At the same time, it reveals that political oppression today assumes the guise of a traumatic blow stripped of all justification. To ask other readers questions about The Cagherine Woundedplease sign up. The behavior of subjects who are victims of “sociopolitical traumas,” such as abuse, war, terrorist attacks, or sexual assaults, displays striking resemblances to that of subjects who have suffered brain damage.

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But more than a metascientific problem, this is ultimately tje political issue. But in positive terms it cannot go beyond the level of speculation.

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.


The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage by Catherine Malabou

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.

Such is, in brief outline, the content of Malabou’s reflection on the new wounded. Another point for telling me things about Freud I didn’t know his legal battle with Werner-Jauregg over whether post-traumatic stress disorder could exist. Rehabilitating the Event pp.

That the latter occurs is entirely possible, of course, but no empirical evidence can be drawn from neuroscience, since this does not recognize the category of explosive plasticity. Her orchestration of sources is impressive, but to say that this book is not an easy read is like saying the Atlantic is not a woudned swim.


Taylor ; Cohen ? Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Within the discipline, this falls into the category of what is known as a levels problem.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The argumentative structure of the book is thus set up as a three-step dialectical ‘confrontation’ between Freudian psychoanalysis and contemporary neuroscience concerning their respective conceptions of psychopathological etiology: This concept, which is Malabou’s own, forms the real ground of the synthesis she proposes.

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. The patients find themselves equally changed; they no longer recognize themselves as they were before. Accessed December 31, At the same time, many have argued that psychoanalysis is looking a bit rickety in the light of modern neuroscience.

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