The Topological Transformation of Freud's Theory

The Topological Transformation of Freud's Theory

by Jean-Gerard Bursztein


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In this book Jean-Gérard Bursztein presents his reading of psychoanalysis, in the spirit of its founder Sigmund Freud. He follows the path laid out by the only other psychoanalyst who has offered a comprehensive approach to the discipline, Jacques Lacan. It should be clear that the issue at stake is not to present Freud's or Lacan's theories in their own words. The title of this English translation of Bursztein's work indicates this explicitly: Freud's theory has been transformed. It has been transformed by his immediate followers, some of whom trimmed it down to exclude even the Death drive–which was one of Freud's fundamental principles. Such transformations may be considered not to be faithful to Freud's discoveries. Freud's theory has also been transformed by Lacan, who, in the mid-fifties of the twentieth century, started a lifelong enterprise to recast it in a very fruitful debate with the sciences and the humanities. Such a transformation brought by Lacan was (somewhat paradoxically) necessary to show that Freud's findings are of the utmost importance for the understanding of subjectivity.

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ISBN-13: 9781782202578
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/05/2015
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jean-Gérard Bursztein is a psychoanalyst who practices and teaches in Paris. After his PhD, he became interested in the philosophy of mathematics. Taking from Lacan the option of a subjective topology, he has published a number of books including On the Difference Between Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and Sur l’espace subjectif (2012).

Table of Contents

Preface , Foreword to the English Edition , Foreword , Introduction , Unconscious incestuous passion and fundamental phantasy , The continual partitioning of the subjective structure over two places—conscious and unconscious , Taking up the Freudian theory of the Ego and the Id in the hypothesis of the structure , Psychoanalyst’s knowledge and psychoanalytic clinic , The Symptom’s link to the structure of the unconscious , Conversion of death drive theory into jouissance theory , Reformulation of the concept of masochism: the concept of jouissance of the Other , The shifting of the Symptom (σ) in the structure , Anxiety, anguish, and depression , Narcissism , Transference , Transformation process of the subject in treatment , Psychoanalytic science , Appendix *

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