The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage

The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage

The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage

The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage

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Philosophy/Psychoanalysis/Science

Excerpt

The distinction between diseases of “brain” and “mind,” between “neuro
logical” problems and “psychological” or “psychiatric ones,” is an unfortunate
cultural inheritance that permeates society and medicine. It reflects a basic
ignorance of the relation between brain and mind.

— ANTONIO DAMASIO, Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason,
and the Human Brain

Cerebrality and Sexuality: Cause and Event

I will allow myself to invent one word and only one: cerebrality. My hope is that such a barbarism will come to be accepted as the mark of a concept.

Why introduce this word? It is necessary in order to construct the analogy around which my entire discussion will revolve.

FROM SEX TO SEXUALITY

Freud, as we know, distinguishes between two related ways of understanding “sexuality.” The everyday understanding of sexuality supposes that it consists of a set of sexual practices and behaviors. The concept or scientific understanding of “sexuality,” however, upholds it as a law—that is, a specific form of causality. Such a concept would thus function as a regulative apparatus designed to organize the phenomenal dispersion implied in the everyday understanding of sexuality.

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