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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Karla Jasso rated it liked it Ctherine 16, She is currently at work on a nonfiction book about traumatic brain injury. Given that contemporary neurology observes this change, but does not think it, the need for a new neuropsychoanalysis that address the limits of both is in order, and that is exactly what Malabou shows in conceptualizing destructive plasticity as the possible form of the death drive that Freud was never able to find.

At the same time, many have argued that psychoanalysis is looking a bit woounded in the light of modern neuroscience. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Changes caused by maabou lesions frequently manifest themselves as an unprecedented metamorphosis in the patient’s identity.


From Neurosis to Brain Damage Pingback: We are thus dealing with a strange mixture of nature and politics, in which politics takes on the appearance of nature, and nature disappears in order to assume the mask of politics. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Who, then, are ‘the new wounded’? Steven Felicelli rated it liked it Jul catherinw, Malabou seeks to redefine not only traumatic etiology but also to radically revise our understanding of the injured subject.

Another consideration is the question: The Neutralization of Cerebrality pp. From Neurosis to Brain DamageSomatosphere. As your piece emphasizes, is not the mind affected by injury to the brain?

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Just malabu moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In anticipation this very question, Malabou reaches for wounds on the farthest end of the severity spectrum. The idea is that the dysfunction that follows trauma cannot arise from meaning buried in that old, obliterated self. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


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

It was likewise the sudden mutual failure of recognition, the depersonalizationof an aging grandmother that inspired Catherine Malabou to write her latest book, The New Wounded: The Equivocity of Reparation: The idea of explosive plasticity blurs the line between the natural and the social, or between biology and history — or more specifically, between neurology and psychology, between the brain and the psyche and their respective scientific discourses.

So even while she favors neuroscience inasmuch as she endorses a ‘naturalist philosophy of mind’ xiifor instance, the view of nature that is operative in this claim actually owes more to Freud.

It’s just that the formative power in cases of destructive plasticity entails a painful kind of alienation that would be absent from those cases in which a self-conscious identification with one’s ‘synaptic self’ would entail a heightened autonomy. 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.

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: There is no such thing as a ‘mind’, there is just a working brain.

Adler essentially based his conclusions on the premise that in nature things do not produce effects that are radically different in kind.

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PTSD is a strain on one portion of our brain through very intense memory like seeing spots when looking at a bright light. I agree that it would be nice that I’m wrong on this, because catherune always seems to lessen the human experience when we lose one more tradition.

While this would be a matter of cerebrality, more importantly it would involve endogenous determination. To ask other readers questions about The New Woundedplease sign up. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

They are victims of various cerebral lesions or attacks, including degenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The “new wounded” suffer from psychic wounds that traditional psychoanalysis, with its emphasis on the psyche’s need to integrate events into its own history, cannot understand or cure.

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It may seem gloomy to admit that we are all vulnerable to becoming ‘new wounded’ On this basis, Malabou has made some intriguing suggestions about possible political implications of brain plasticity, in the sense that it could, at least in principle, be taken up within the scope of intentional agency directed toward historical change.

Might it be better to ask what sort of ethics and politics of recognition positions the new wounded as unrecognizable in the first place, as forms of death in life see e. And what of his recovery? An act of translation from brain to mind is the holy grail of much scientific research, particularly in the nascent fields of neuropsychology and neuropsychoanalysis that Malabou so admires. And this is not simply due to the fact that they are sad about having undergone a difficult event; it is, more profoundly, on the level of their entire way of living, that they come to realize that a new being is within them, a being whom they do not recognize.

Howard29 October 13, 9: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Trivia About The New Wounded: Please login to post. The possibility of a survival where form is re-made through the destruction of form, where often the Other offers their persistent presence: Taylor ; Cohen ? Cavarero, Adriana Relating Narratives: Potentially more persuasive, then, would be to adopt a more subdued approach to explosive plasticity by focusing, not on its creative potential, but rather on its possible harmful consequences.

Carmen rated it cathsrine was amazing Jun 16, 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.

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