Re: psychoanalysis and repression management (Althusser)

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Posted by althusser on January 08, 1998 at 22:29:50:

In Reply to: psychoanalysis and repression management (Althusser) posted by Martin Tupper on October 10, 1996 at 11:05:25:

: : Perhaps the use of the term "determinism" is not very precise. However, any model of the "subject" is necessarily deterministic. Recall Althusser's characterization of the transformation from the individual to the subject. To posit the individual as subject, is to designate she/he as a site of a multiplicity of often competing or contradictory forces. The question, of course, is what degree of reflection does the model allow? Thus we can redirect your question concerning psychoanalysis to one of "repression management."

: I just happened to read Althusser's "L'avenir dure longtemps" which is a very problematic book. But the most striking aspect in it is the fact that Althusser himself couldn't talk about anything else but psychoanalysis in his book. He intended to do an auto-analysis and tried to link even his philosophical and political concepts in a rather embarrassing way to a rhetoric of watered down shrink practices. Of course, he had to justify his special fait accompli: the death of a subject: his wife, as you know he killed

: I don't know whether this book is already available in English.

: Determinism and subjectivity can take on again a complete different meaning, and precisely if we take Althusser's own biography into account....

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