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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 Lecontes film about an accountant mistaken for a psychoanalyst, Intimate Strangers, with Henry Jamess classic novella The 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 administrations 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 Platos Phaedrus, Bersani and Phillips call for a new form of intimacy which they term “impersonal narcissism”: a divestiture of the ego and a recognition of ones 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, Intimacies is a rare opportunity to listen in on two brilliant thinkers as they explore new ways of thinking about the human psyche.

About the Author

Leo Bersani is professor emeritus of French at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including The Freudian Body: Psychoanalysis and Art and Homos. Adam Phillips is a psychoanalyst, visiting professor in the Department of English at York University, the general editor of Penguin Modern Classicss Freud translations, and the author of twelve books, including Going Sane and Side Effects.

Table of Contents

Preface

 

ONE

The It in the I

 

TWO

Shame on You

 

THREE

The Power of Evil and the Power of Love

 

FOUR

On a More Impersonal Note

 

Conclusion

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226043456
Author:
Bersani, Leo
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Phillips, Adam
Subject:
Movements - Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Gay & Lesbian
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Psychology -- History.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
134
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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