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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The New Wounded

The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 21 4: Just as sociopolitical trauma produces effects at different sites and in different manifestations than organic trauma—a difference that Malabou wants to ultimately efface in her analysis—so cognitive sequelae are not reducible to affective ones. Through an adroit reading of his corpus, Malabou argues that Freud was always committed, at least intrinsically, to the existence of an immanent ‘death drive’, such that one could parry the neurological critique of psychoanalysis and argue to the contrary that, with regard to psychopathology, it would make better explanatory sense to locate cerebrality within the dual structure of Freudian sexuality.

To find a symptomatic common denominator in all of these incredibly varied and distinct jew pathologies is at best reductive; at worst, misleading.

But why do so many good writers have to insert ‘both’ before phrases containing two elements? There is no such thing as a ‘mind’, there is just a working brain. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

The argumentative structure of the book is thus set up as a three-step fatherine ‘confrontation’ between Freudian psychoanalysis and contemporary neuroscience concerning their respective conceptions of psychopathological etiology: The book is carefully constructed as a three-tiered argument that is perhaps best understood through two terms: But as the mind produces immaterial products, conceptions, they cannot be produced by a material source.


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Jameelah Morris rated it liked it Dec 02, The Equivocity of Reparation: Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Malabou’s effort in this book is impressive, and interested readers will profit from it.

Eastley, Rebecca, and Gordon K. This is an appealing and even auspicious project.

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While this would be a matter of cerebrality, more importantly it would involve endogenous determination. Notify me of new posts by email. And it is this suffering that will provide more tangible evidence of the reality of explosive plasticity, thereby contributing to a greater awareness of the central qounded of the brain in psychic life.

In a striking example from a recently published case report, Galarza, Isaac, Porcar et al.


Michael rated it really liked mlabou Jan 21, Carolyn Shread Polity, But did the patient not indeed survive the annihilation of his own person? Contact Contact Us Help. Tim Diack October 13, 2: The Subject of the Accident pp. Want to Read saving….

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There are several instances in this piece, including ” Identity Without Precedent pp. If we ask patients about their experiences of these changes of personality, we observe that this is no metaphor.

Katie rated it it was amazing Mar 25, The “new wounded” suffer from psychic wounds th This book employs a philosophical approach to the “new wounded” brain lesion patients to stage a confrontation between psychoanalysis and contemporary neurobiology, focused on the issue of trauma and psychic wounds.


But in positive terms it cannot go beyond the level of speculation. Even if as some suspect there is more legend than fact in this story, it nonetheless dramatizes Malabou’s idea of an explosive change in personal identity: From Elasticity to Resilience pp. The idea is that the dysfunction that follows trauma cannot arise from meaning buried in that old, obliterated self.

Accessed December 31, If the drug is withdrawn they return to their previous personality.

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A person with Alzheimer’s disease, for example, is not–or not only–someone who has “changed” or been “modified” but rather a subject who has become someone else. The erasure of psychic history, the site of the failure of psychoanalytic theories of trauma, is thus the acute place to witness the cerebral effects of lesional plasticity, which manifest themselves as psychic disorganization -or more specifically, as emotional deficits.

Unlike Descartes, he saw no need to poke around in the brain looking for the place where brain and mind join.