By Jean Laplanche
Because the demise of Jacques Lacan, Jean Laplanche is now thought of to be one of many worlds most popular psychoanalytic thinkers. inspite of the impression of his paintings during the last thirty years, remarkably little has been to be had in English. Essays On Otherness offers for the 1st time in English a lot of Laplanche's key essays and is the 1st publication to supply an summary of his pondering. It bargains an advent to a few of the key issues that characterise his paintings: seduction, persecution, revelation, masochism, transference and mourning. Such issues were more and more either in psychoanalytic proposal and in continental philosophy, social and cultural thought, and literature making Essays On Otherness essential examining for all these taken with the consequences of psychoanalytic conception at the present time.
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20) In his criticism of the closely interrelated conceptions of unconscious elements as mimetic representations, of the unconscious as a more deeply buried store of repressed memories, of analysis as the historical reconstruction of forgotten events, Laplanche discusses two analyses of Freud’s: the non-clinical analysis of Leonardo da Vinci based on historical records and the analysis of beating fantasies based on a number of patients. 46 It can be found in ‘A Short Treatise on the Unconscious’ included in the present volume.
The fate of the auto-erotic drives with their source-objects 37 Of the autoerotic pleasure in sensual sucking, Freud writes: ‘It was the child’s first and most vital activity, his sucking at his mother’s breast, or at substitutes for it, that must have familiarised him with this pleasure. The child’s lips, in our view, behave like an erotogenic zone, and no doubt stimulation by the warm flow of the milk is the cause of the pleasurable sensation. The satisfaction of the erotogenic zone is associated, in the first instance, with the satisfaction of the need for nourishment, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905d), SE VII, p.
Laplanche’s reading of the successive shifts in Freud’s thinking about the drives traces what he calls a strange chiasmus in which sexuality, hitherto associated with the primary process, the tendency to unbinding and fragmentation in opposition to the ego, binding and the secondary process, passes over to its opposite, after the formulation of narcissism and of the life drive as Eros. At this point the concept of death drive also appears as the reaffirmation of unbinding, the repetition-compulsion, the discharge of all tensions in opposition to the bound and binding Eros.