‘Freud and the Sexual’ by Jean Laplanche

Published by The Unconscious in Translation in 2011.

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Freud and the Sexual is the translation of Laplanche’s Sexual: La sexualité élargie au sens freudien, his work from 2000 to 2006. Clear and direct, often witty, this volume is a pleasure to read and represents the culmination of his work.


Table of Contents:

Foreword
1. Drive and Instinct distinctions, oppositions, supports and intertwinings
2. Sexuality and Attachment in Meta psychology
3. Dream and Communication; should chapter VII be rewritten?
4. Countercurrent
5. Starting from the Fundamental Anthropological Situation
6. Failures of Translation
7. Displacement and Condensation in Freud
8. Sexual Crime
9. Gender, Sex and the Sexual
10. Three Meanings of the Term ‘Unconscious’ in the Framework of the General Theory of Seduction
11. For Psychoanalysis at the University
12. Intervention in a Debate
13. Levels of Proof
14. The Three Essays and the Theory of Seduction
15. Freud and Philosophy
16. In Debate with Freud
17. Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
18. Incest and Infantile Sexuality
19. Castration and Oedipus as Codes and Narrative Schema


Jean Laplanche (1924 – 2012) was described by the journal Radical Philosophy as “the most original and philosophically informed psychoanalytic theorist of his day.” Studying philosophy under Hyppolite, Bachelard, and Merleau-Ponty, he became an active member of the French Resistance under the Vichy regime. Under the influence (and treatment) of Jacques Lacan, Laplanche came to earn a doctorate in medicine and was certified as a psychoanalyst. He eventually broke ties with Lacan and began regularly publishing influential contributions to psychoanalytic theory, his first volume appearing in 1961. In 1967 he published, with his colleague J.-B. Pontalis, the celebrated encyclopaedia The Language of Psychoanalysis. A member of the International Psychoanalytical Association, co-founder of the Association Psychanalytique de France, emeritus professor and founder of the Center for Psychoanalytic Research at the Université de Paris VII, and assistant professor at the Sorbonne, he also oversaw, as scientific director, the translation of Freud’s complete oeuvre into French for the Presses Universitaires de France.

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