Against Understanding: Volume I

Commentary and Critique in a Lacanian Key

av Bruce Fink. Inbunden, 2013

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  • Inbunden (Hardback)
  • Språk: Engelska
  • Antal sidor: 280
  • Utg.datum: 2013-09-20
  • Förlag: Routledge
  • Illustrationer: 9 black & white illustrations, 1 black & white tables, 9 black & white line drawings
  • Volymtitel: Volume I
  • Dimensioner: 234 x 165 x 19 mm
  • Vikt: 566 g
  • Antal komponenter: 1
  • ISBN: 9780415635424

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Recipient of 2015 American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis (ABAPsa) Book Prize "Bruce Fink's longstanding efforts to translate and explain Lacan to an English-speaking audience in clear, concise, and communicative language culminates in this collection of his recent contributions. He successfully illuminates key Lacanian concepts from a clinical perspective, and provides extensive illustrative overviews of psychoanalytic treatment of severely ill patients. Several interviews by the author and a final summary of where he places Lacanian psychoanalysis in contrast to Freud's original formulations, on the one hand, and contemporary mainstream ego psychology/object relations theory approaches, on the other, provide a well-defined outline of the essential characteristics of contemporary Lacanian psychoanalysis. Regardless of where they might differ, psychoanalysts and psychodynamic psychotherapists of all contemporary schools will find this a clear and satisfactory introduction to the Lacanian approach." - Otto F. Kernberg, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University; Director, Personality Disorders Institute, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Payne Whitney Westchester; Training and Supervising Analyst, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research "Over the years, Bruce Fink has established himself as the key figure of Lacanian psychoanalysis in the English-speaking world. With this superb collection of papers and interviews, he once again demonstrates his virtuoso ability to extract the precious juice from Lacan's texts in order to re-process it into a tasty psychoanalytic cocktail that will be greatly appreciated by aficionados and novices alike. And for all his clinical and theoretical brilliance, Fink never takes himself to be the One, but just as one amongst many, so that the reader never feels intellectually inferior and is always allowed to think along with him. As the French would have it: Chapeau!" - Professor Dany Nobus, Chair of Psychology and Psychoanalysis, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Brunel University London, UK "Bruce Fink is arguably the foremost commentator and interpreter of Jacques Lacan's work in the United States today, and the publication of a new set of commentaries and case vignettes by him foregrounding the principles of Lacanian practice is thus something of an event for practitioners in the field...Against Understanding provides us with perhaps the best practical sourcebook to Lacanian theory and practice that we currently have. It is often said of the good analyst that he or she knows how to keep the patient talking. The two volumes of Bruce Fink's Against Understanding evince a different skill: they keep the reader reading." - Derek Hook, Psychodynamic Practice

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Bruce Fink is a practicing Lacanian psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He trained as a psychoanalyst in France for seven years with and is now a member of the psychoanalytic institute Lacan created shortly before his death, the Ecole de la Cause Freudienne in Paris. He is also an affiliated member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.


Preface. Acknowledgments. Commentary. On Clinical Practice. Against Understanding: Why Understanding Should Not Be Viewed as an Essential Aim of Psychoanalytic Treatment. Lacanian Clinical Practice: From the Imaginary to the Symbolic. A Lacanian Response to Foucault's Critique of Psychoanalysis.Compulsive Eating and the Death Drive. On Reading Lacan. A Brief Reader's Guide to "Variations on the Standard Treatment".Reading Hamlet with Lacan. On Translation. A Psychoanalytic Ethics of Translation.On Translating Ecrits: A Selection.Cases. Both/And Logic in a Case of Fetishism. Inter(oed)dictions. Sexual Anxieties.Psychoanalytic Approaches to Severe Pathology: A Lacanian Perspective. Marilyn Monroe and Modern-Day Hysteria. Critique. Interview: A Psychoanalyst Has to Speak like an Oracle. Interview: Lacan's Reception in the United States. A Summary Comparison of Psychoanalytic Paradigms.