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PHILOSOPHICAL
LITERARY
JOURNAL
ISSN 0869-5377
Author: Smulyansky Alexander

Smulyansky Alexander

PhD in Philosophy, facilitator at the “Lacan Literacy” seminar. Address: 18A Bolshoy prospect Petrogradskaya side, 197198 Saint Petersburg, Russia. E-mail: smulansky@gmail.com.

Publications

Therapy And Literature: On Jouissance Of Psychotherapy / Logos. 2016. № 6 (115). P. 71-94
annotation:  The spread of Freud’s ideas to wide audiences has led to the rise of latent resentment among clinicians. e response of clinicians was, on the one hand, the ostensible admission of the value of Freud’s apparatus, but at the same time they tended to principally reject the main attitude of his studies. Freud’s high demands concerning the purity of a clinician’s position and the strict distance between the analyst and patient turned out to be an inconvenient and frightening point for the young psycho-therapeutic community that then generated a ways to reach a compromise and get around Freud’s claims. The result of this compromise was the substitution of Freud’s investigation of unconsciousness for the aim of treatment. This state of a airs provided an opportunity to avoid questions about traces of phantasm in the action of psychotherapists. The existence of these traces are verified in clinical literature dedicated to children with developmental disorders, especially speech disorders, such as in the case of some forms of autism. An analysis of narratives in the classical texts of this sphere points to a gap between the aims of therapy professed by the therapist and the clinician’s own desire to be the passive object influenced by the silent subject, whose silence conveys his status as Master. This desire creates a special clinical phantasm underlying the activity of clinicians, and provides an opportunity for psychotherapists and the audience to use the silent autistic person to obtain unconscious enjoyment (jouissance in Lacan’s term). is raises questions about the ethical point of such psychotherapeutic care and the forms of publicity that it creates.
Keywords:  Freudian psychoanalysis; psychotherapy; clinical phantasm; narrative structure; jouissance
On Žižek’s Method / Logos. 2014. № 3 (99). P. 21-32
annotation:  In the philosophical tradition at academic institutions there is a distinct division between original texts and secondary sources which one can use to improve their understanding of the “classics.” In contemporary philosophy such a division proves problematic. Separating “creators” from “lectors” masks a deep latent connection between two fields as far as philosophical interpretations have already been anticipated in original conceptions. Slavoj Žižek’s unusual style accomplishes a task of preventing this ticklish situation. But his method is not a perfect solution to this question. In many respects, his last works failed to avoid ambiguity. This concerns the book Less than nothing especially.
Keywords:  texts of Slavoj Žižek, university discourse, primary source analysis, the problem of representation, utterance act

Smulyansky Alexander

Facilitator, “Lacan Literacy” Seminar.
Address: 18A Bolshoy ave. Petrogradskaya side, 197198 Saint Petersburg, Russia.
E-mail: smulansky@gmail.com

Publications

Therapy And Literature: On Jouissance Of Psychotherapy / Logos. 2016. № 6 (115). P. 71-94
annotation:  The spread of Freud’s ideas to wide audiences has led to the rise of latent resentment among clinicians. e response of clinicians was, on the one hand, the ostensible admission of the value of Freud’s apparatus, but at the same time they tended to principally reject the main attitude of his studies. Freud’s high demands concerning the purity of a clinician’s position and the strict distance between the analyst and patient turned out to be an inconvenient and frightening point for the young psycho-therapeutic community that then generated a ways to reach a compromise and get around Freud’s claims. The result of this compromise was the substitution of Freud’s investigation of unconsciousness for the aim of treatment. This state of a airs provided an opportunity to avoid questions about traces of phantasm in the action of psychotherapists. The existence of these traces are verified in clinical literature dedicated to children with developmental disorders, especially speech disorders, such as in the case of some forms of autism. An analysis of narratives in the classical texts of this sphere points to a gap between the aims of therapy professed by the therapist and the clinician’s own desire to be the passive object influenced by the silent subject, whose silence conveys his status as Master. This desire creates a special clinical phantasm underlying the activity of clinicians, and provides an opportunity for psychotherapists and the audience to use the silent autistic person to obtain unconscious enjoyment (jouissance in Lacan’s term). is raises questions about the ethical point of such psychotherapeutic care and the forms of publicity that it creates.
Keywords:  Freudian psychoanalysis; psychotherapy; clinical phantasm; narrative structure; jouissance
On Žižek’s Method / Logos. 2014. № 3 (99). P. 21-32
annotation:  In the philosophical tradition at academic institutions there is a distinct division between original texts and secondary sources which one can use to improve their understanding of the “classics.” In contemporary philosophy such a division proves problematic. Separating “creators” from “lectors” masks a deep latent connection between two fields as far as philosophical interpretations have already been anticipated in original conceptions. Slavoj Žižek’s unusual style accomplishes a task of preventing this ticklish situation. But his method is not a perfect solution to this question. In many respects, his last works failed to avoid ambiguity. This concerns the book Less than nothing especially.
Keywords:  texts of Slavoj Žižek, university discourse, primary source analysis, the problem of representation, utterance act
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