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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Cantu Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Such is, in brief outline, the content of Malabou’s reflection on the new wounded.


Jackie rated it really liked it Jun 25, An act of translation from brain to mind is the holy grail of much scientific research, particularly in the nascent fields of neuropsychology and neuropsychoanalysis that Malabou so admires. So even while she favors neuroscience catherin as she endorses a ‘naturalist philosophy of mind’ xiifor instance, the view of nature that is operative in this claim actually owes more to Freud.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Contact Contact Us Help. Alex rated it it was ok Nov 03, Steven Felicelli rated it liked it Jul 28, Thus today the border separating organic trauma and sociopolitical trauma is increasingly porous. Effacing the limits that separate “neurobiology” from malavou brain catheerine tends also to blur the boundaries between history and nature. Might it be better to ask what sort of ethics and politics of recognition positions the new wounded as unrecognizable in the first place, as forms of death in life see e.

She is currently at work on a nonfiction book about cathetine brain injury. This radicalized sense of plasticity is the conceptual leitmotiv of Malabou’s recent catheirne, and it enables her to propose a staunchly materialist ontology without any deterministic implications.

The brain and mind are obviously intimately joined. From the Neurological Novel to the Theater of Absence pp.

The New Wounded

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. Given that contemporary neurology observes this change, but does not think it, the need for a new neuropsychoanalysis that address the limits of both is in order, and that is exactly what Malabou shows in conceptualizing destructive plasticity as the possible form of the death drive that Freud was never able to find.


The idea here is that such cases cannot be understood as the result of an exogenous event without also postulating ‘the existence of an internal, endogenous, process of destruction that responds to the traumatic stimulus and welcomes it, in a sense, facilitating its work of annihilation’ While Malabou may be entirely correct in declaring that new identities indeed emerge — ex nihilo —in the wake of brain trauma, her analysis misses the persistent rejoinders, the possibilities of continuity envisioned and enacted in neurotrauma today.

In this way the psychoanalytic model holds the key to conceiving the metamorphic work of destructive plasticity. Traumatic Neurosis and War Neurosis in Question pp.

That is, trauma and its ramifications might not necessarily operate or terminate solely in the apparatus of the individual psyche, but in and through the Other. Paradoxicaly, its only when your brain starts to malfunction that you become aware of how it works – how the thalamus integrates sensations, how the hippocampus effects spatial awareness – its only when parts of your brain start to malfunction that you can truly realise that you and your world exist entirely in the electrical and chemical actions of that spongy cauliflower in your skull.

Amanda J rated it really liked it Jun 18, In itself, this might not require a book-length treatment. In causal terms, psychoanalysis can catherinw regard exogenous events as triggering preexisting internal conflicts, which are the real determinants of pathology. From Neurosis to Brain DamageSomatosphere.

The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage

Tim Diack October 13, 2: Malabou is no stranger to writing and reflecting on developments in neuroscience— in she published What Should We Do With Our Brain? It is thus only kalabou granting priority to the broader ‘geopolitical’ picture that Malabou can validly affirm the categorical unity of the new wounded.

Malabou points out that all trauma—whether it includes a direct injury to these brain areas or not—results in dysfunction of the limbic hew. It thereby reevaluates the brain as an organ that is not separated from psychic life but rather at its center. Brennan Utley rated it really liked it Nov woundd, Cavarero, Adriana Relating Narratives: It is a dense read with a lot of Freudian psychoanalysis, but one that I found to be well worth it, particularly given the absence of theorization regarding destructive plasticity anywhere else.


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If we ask patients about their experiences of these changes of personality, we observe that this is no metaphor. Unlike Descartes, he saw no need to poke around in the brain looking for the place where brain and mind join. Is the ‘Freudian Science’ that metamorphosed into a metaphysic almost overnight, under the withering critiques of E.

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

Another point for telling me things about Freud I didn’t know his legal battle with Werner-Jauregg over whether post-traumatic stress disorder could exist. Taylor ; Cohen ? Please login to post. Brennan Utley rated it really liked it Feb 13, Open Preview See a Problem? Poo Roykaew rated it it was amazing Jul 28, While modern neuroscience has shown that a group woundde neurons firing in a particular pattern can also be described as a certain feeling, is still tue from articulating the relationship between the brain and the subjective experience of the mind.

Although Gage survived, he was no longer himself — he literally ‘became someone else’ Another consideration is the question: What Is a Psychic Event? Lists with This Book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

How do I relate to her? At the same time, many have argued that psychoanalysis is looking a bit rickety in the light of modern neuroscience.