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By Paul Marcus

"I am certainly now not a Freudian," declared Levinas in an interview. And but, as Marcus passionately argues, Levinas's path-breaking moral writings can profoundly increase theoretical and medical psychoanalysis. Like Freud, Levinas was once taken with own life, on these problems with final price and which means which are significant to what it ability to be a person at its top. either thinkers have been attracted to assisting to create the stipulations of chance for humans to be kinder, gentler, more desirable, and extra average within the face of the harshness, chaos, and ethical demanding situations that all of us face in our own lives and at the global scene. This ebook goals to give a contribution to the advance of a complementary paradigm to mainstream psychoanalysis, one who relies at the Levinasian assumption that the self isn't really essentially and first of all "for oneself," as psychoanalysis frequently places forth, yet, quite, accountability for the Other--ethics, is "the crucial, basic and primary constitution of subjectivity." the writer illustrates his thesis--that the self is "hostage" to the opposite, that psychopathology is "ethical blunting," and remedy luck is the improved skill to love--with attention-grabbing scientific vignettes and insights derived from his paintings as a psychoanalyst.

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17 14 Kunz, The Paradox of Power and Weakness, 21-22. 15 Gantt and Williams, “Pursuing Psychology’s Science of the Ethical,” in Gantt and Williams, Psychology-for-the-Other, 8. 16 Levinas, Nine Talmudic Lectures, 99. 17 Peperzak, To the Other, 91. 18 Before proceeding, it should be noted that it is probably not by chance that we are face to face with the Holocaust in this discussion of responsibility for the Other. As I pointed out earlier, Levinas was incarcerated for many years in a Nazi-administered, POW labor camp, and was personally devastated by the loss of loved ones and nearly his entire religious community during the Holocaust.

32 A life saturated by such 29 Cohen, “Maternal Psyche,” in Gantt and Williams, Psychology-for-theOther, 42. 30 Marcus, Autonomy in the Extreme Situation, 39-60. 31 Michel Foucault, “The Subject and Power,” in Hubert L. Dreyfus and Paul Rabinow, Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics, 2d edition (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1987, 216). 32 Kunz, The Paradox of Power and Weakness, xx. ”33 In many ways then, at least ideally, such an existential mode should be integrated into the valuative commitments of any psychoanalytic outlook, especially its conception of a so-called successful analysis.

Analysts are of course, also concerned with the analysand’s real life behavior outside the consultation room, in the external world. It is not only what one says in the analytic encounter that is important, but what one does in his everyday real life. An analysis is viewed as a success by many analysts by the extent to which the analysand can translate his psychological insights and self-understandings into changed behavior (thoughts, feelings and actions). This almost always involves assuming greater responsibility for one’s behavior, including its consequences for others, or, as Levinas and the existentialists might say, for one’s mode of being-in-the-world.

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