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Read a free sample or buy Intimacies by Leo Bersani & Adam Phillips. You can read this book with Apple Books on your iPhone, iPad, iPod. intimacies – LEO BERSANI & ADAM PHILLIPS. “Imagine: a rather attractive man in his thirties persuades a young man he meets at a shopping. Intimacies Review – Intimacies by Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips University Of Chicago Press, Review by Rudy Oldeschulte Jan 27th.

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Please support us by making your Amazon. Their conversation takes as its point of departure psychoanalysis and its central importance to the modern imagination – though equally important is their shared sense that by misleading us about the importance of self-knowledge and the danger of narcissism, psychoanalysis has failed to realize its most exciting and innovative relational potential.

Freud distinguishes between, intimzcies the one hand, the narratives of both the sexual act leading up to and climaxing in orgasm and sexual development leading up to and climaxing in heterosexual genitality and, on the other hand, something like the very essence of the sexual that would consist in a shattering of ego boundaries produced by any number of “unaccountable,” unclassifiable objects. Asya rated it liked it Aug 13, By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

Dec 18, Toby Wiggins rated it it was amazing. This revolutionary way of relating to the world, they contend, could lead to a new human freedom by mitigating the horrifying violence we blithely accept as part of human nature. Minnette Lehmann rated it it was amazing Aug 22, If Apple Books doesn’t open, click the Books app in your Dock. Join our e-mail list!: To contact him, use one of the forms available here.


This slim book, billed as it is as a ‘project,’ may be considered a collection of some thoughts, albeit provocative in their style, and the other’s reaction berxani those thoughts.

Psychoanalysis and Art and Homos. Charmingly persuasive and daringly provocative, Intimacies is a rare opportunity to listen in intimaciws two brilliant thinkers as they explore new ways of thinking about the human psyche.

The fourth chapter does begin to add to the conversation by articulating that the first intimacy is inyimacies of ‘becoming. The book is written for those with considerable understanding of psychoanalytic theory — in both its current and historical references. Preview — Intimacies by Leo Bersani.

Sean Patrick rated it really liked it Feb 11, To download from the iTunes Store, get iTunes now.

While this format is much like a real-life conversation, where neither partner may have a long-term plan for argumentation or, if they do, can not enact itin book form, much is lost. In ebrsani of new forms of intimacy they take up a range of concerns across a variety of contexts.


The extraordinary narcissistic enjoyment that accompanies satisfied aggression at once hyperbolizes the ego and risks shattering its boundaries. If iTunes doesn’t open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop. Metapsychology Online receives a commission from Amazon. Just when I thought I was getting out jntimacies psychoanalysis.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. This revolutionary way of relating to the world, they contend, could lead to a new human freedom by mitigating the horrifying violence we blithely accept as part of human nature. Persuasive and provocative, “Intimacies” is a rare opportunity to listen in on two brilliant thinkers as they explore new ways of thinking about the human psyche.

Intimacies by Leo Bersani

Return to Book Page. An achieved “mastery over the external world” swells, we might say, the triumphant ego. Novels LOA Celina Nateram rated it really liked it Jun 28, This is an ego-project, a defensive move or a pre-emptively offensive move against the berani threatening difference from the self Katarina rated it it was ok Jan 14, Rarely does the initial impetus for the discussion tie in neatly with where the chapter side of the conversation ends.


Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. Bersani and Phillips at once dream of shattering the ego and, in their own distinct voices, display its miraculous, tragicomic persistence. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. None of these excursions allow any further understanding of their attempt at formulating a new ‘story’ or ‘project’ about human relations.

The arc of the conversation is often difficult to follow, and oblique references are often made which then lead the conversation in a seemingly random direction. Thus, sadistically motivated narcissism is also masochistically satisfying. Two gifted and highly prolific intellectuals, Bersnai Bersani and Adam Phillips, here present a fascinating dialogue about the problems and possibilities of human intimacy.

This review was very smart, and dead-on.


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Our desire to come together in a meaningful relationship with another — although always cognizant of the fact that we may feel ‘unutterably alone’ at times — is the crux of our persistent attempts at intimacy.