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Deleuze and Guattari: A Psychoanalytic Itinerary (Continuum by Fadi Abou-Rihan

By Fadi Abou-Rihan

So much commentators pass judgement on Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus as both a Medusa into whose face psychoanalysis can't yet stare and endure the main abominable of deaths or a well-intentioned yet completely erroneous flash within the pan. Fadi Abou-Rihan exhibits that, up to it really is an insightful critique of the assimilationist vein in psychoanalysis, Anti-Oedipus is still totally dedicated to Freud’s so much singular discovery of an subconscious that's procedural and dynamic. furthermore, Abou-Rihan argues, the anti-oedipal venture is a tradition the place the technology of the subconscious is made to obey the legislation it attributes to its item. the result is little short of the “becoming-unconscious” of psychoanalysis, a changing into that signs neither the repression nor the loss of life of the perform however the transformation of its ideas and systems into these of its item. Abou-Rihan tracks this changing into along Nietzsche, Winnicott, Feynman, Bardi, and Cixous which will reconfigure hope past the kinds of topic, lack, and tragedy. Firmly grounded in continental philosophy and psychoanalytic perform, this booklet extends the anti-oedipal view at the subconscious in a totally new path. >

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Paradoxical’. Clinically, a post-Winnicottian generation of psychoanalysts has gathered under the banner of ‘Self Psychology’ and taken up the motherly function and its attendant lessons of care as a way of marking itself off from the prevailing but presumably highly inefficient Ego Psychological paradigm of indifferent truth and cold knowledge. In the process, this generation has also surrendered its fate to the double bind that is implicit in the Winnicottian ‘no one is going to tell you how to do it but you’d better do it right; otherwise.

Indeed, Freud’s successors have generally repudiated any deviation from their generalized analytic norm as, at best, a confused and confusing theoretical error or a metaphysical construct substantiated by neither association nor affect. Such a resistance is hardly surprising for one need only remind oneself of quasi-existential concerns around legitimacy, territoriality and credibility to which the psychoanalytic community has never been immune. In the present context, this resistance 38 Deleuze and Guattari: A Psychoanalytic Itinerary is not entirely unwarranted since the encounter before us does not involve an amicable or liberal exchange but a serious questioning, and hence rewriting, of both therapy and theory.

My intent in what follows is not to exhaust Winnicott’s contributions for there is much in them that I find particularly useful, especially, and as I will argue in the final chapter, with regard to his categories of play and transitionality. My intent is not to caricature Winnicott’s work either; I would like to stretch some of his key theoretical assumptions to their limit and, in so doing, to measure the extent of their malleability and to locate the points at which they cannot but break. Consider this then a stress test, a stress test whose impetus and mode lies in the as yet unresolved ambiguities of the intersection between the moments of counter-transference and therapeutic action.

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