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Having insisted on the general value of Freud’s definitions, a generality which includes both a negative aspect since the definitions may appear abstract but also a positive one since these notions can be shown to coincide with those of a science as concretely empirical as ethologywe shall return to the Three Essays, and to their very first page, on which is found a succinct description of the “popular” conception of sexuality.

And yet we must insist on the ultimate untenability of such relativism. For Freud maintains until the end the strictest reservations concerning the developments which, llife natu- rally, his new conceptualization would seem to invite: The movement we sketched above, a movement of exposition which is simultaneously the movement of a system of thought and, in the last analysis, the movement of the thing itself, is that the exception—i.

Finally, we shall quote the conclusion of the chapter on the “proton pseudos,” in which once again normal defense is opposed to that quasi- impossibility of defense, or to that cataclysmic defense constituted by hysterical repression: Their fantasies, their unconscious or preconscious expectations’.

Jes rated it it was amazing Jun 16, And in the theory of the “proton pseudos” liife is the crucial factor: But what has iin observed and is in need of explanation is that it is occasionally one, occasionally the other, or sometimes a distribution between the two, which provokes the affect.


The value of propping seems to lie exactly in its avoidance of a strictly dialectical opposition. We do so guided by the conviction that a great work—informed by a great experience—cannot be so easily dismembered into good and bad parts. The theory of seduction or of a “primal deceit” is a theory of repression and, consequently, of a major category of defense.

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The need for repeating the sexual satisfaction now becomes detached from the need for taking nourishment. It must also be remembered, however, that some of what this book contains—its insistence upon the importance of ij in all human achievements and the attempt that it makes at enlarging the concept of sexuality—has from the first provided the strongest motives for the resistance against psychoanalysis.

Aggressiveness and Sadomasochism 85 6. By discussing the seduction theory we are doing justice to Freud, perhaps doing Freud better justice than he did himself. That remark may serve as well as a warning: But at this point, Freud goes further and poses the problem again in relation to normal functioning: Thus from the aim of the function to the sexual aim, a transition exists which may still be defined in terms of a certain kind of displacement: In the first two chapters, we find a lief of the processes whereby a bizarre form of culture or intersubjective exchange—”unconscious sexuality”—is generated in hu- mans entirely through a movement of deviation from natural instinctual processes.

While elucidating the terminological problem of Freud’s “thing itself,” Laplanche proceeds to define this terminology in a referential way.

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These zones, then, attract the first erotogenic maneuvers from the adult. The entire instinct with its own “source,” “impetus,” “aim,” nad “object,” as we have defined them; the instinct, kit and caboodle with its four factors, is in turn the source of a process which mimics, displaces, and denatures it: Laplanche, in particular, has given us nothing less than a poetics of Freud’s work.


Sexuality, one might say upon reading this first chapter, gives the appearance, in a so-called normal adult, of an instinct, but that is only the precarious result of a historical evolution which at every stage of its development may bifurcate differently, resulting in the strangest aberrations.

Freud’s answer is that sexuality alone is available for that action in two phases ad is also an action “after the event.

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If we say “particular lucidity,” it is out of a sense that certain discoveries may be forgotten, eclipsed, or repressed by their author: That is, the conflict located in each term, however unintended or uncontrolled, functions systematically within the general economy of Freud’s work.

Andrea rated it really liked it Aug 02, Livier Govea rated it really liked it Apr 25, For psychological observa- tion does, in fact, allow us to describe numerous cases—e. If a trauma an experience of pain occurs for the first time when there is already an ego in existence [this is the important point: Something is always opposed to sexuality, eeath if that opposite term is defined differently in various stages of Freud’s thought: This “referentiality” causes his terminology to call into question Freud’s terminology so that the two distinct terminologies derive from each other.