The New Wounded. From Neurosis to Brain Damage. Catherine Malabou. Translated by Steven Miller. FORD HAM UNIVERSITY PRESS. NEW YORK 20 1 2. Catherine Malabou’s star has been steadily rising in the Anglophone world over the last several years. Numerous books have appeared in. This book employs a philosophical approach to the “new wounded” (brain lesion The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage. Catherine Malabou.

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Given that contemporary neurology observes this change, but does not think it, the need for a new neuropsychoanalysis that address the limits of both is in order, and that is exactly what Malabou shows in conceptualizing destructive plasticity as the possible form of the death drive that Freud was never able to find.

From Elasticity to Resilience pp. I was surprised not to see Mortimer Adler’s name mentioned in connection to the mind-brain problem. We are thus dealing with a strange mixture of nature catheeine politics, in which politics takes on the appearance of nature, and nature disappears in order to assume the mask of politics.

The idea jalabou explosive plasticity blurs the line between the natural and the social, or between biology and history — or more specifically, between neurology and psychology, between the brain and the psyche and their respective scientific discourses. Cerebrality helps to articulate this new relationship between the brain, catastrophe, and the psyche: Clinical Neurophysiology 1: This radicalized sense of plasticity is the conceptual leitmotiv of Malabou’s recent work, catherjne it enables her to propose a staunchly materialist ontology without any deterministic implications.

Further, her incisive critique of the dominant tone of optimism pervasive in neuroscientific approaches to plasticity almost always focused on the redemptive and the resilient is quite accurate. Return to Book Page. This book offers a philosophical account of brain injury and maabou. The old onion of the psyche, with its layers upon layers of meaning, is simply not there to peel apart in analysis; rather, it has been replaced by a new self, which requires a different clinical approach.


For catherkne persuasiveness of the argument is limited by the effective impossibility of providing direct and unequivocal evidence of catheriine creative neuronal self-regeneration. Straddling the line between brain and psyche, these cases can no longer tye understood in either neurological or psychiatric terms alone. Through an adroit reading of his corpus, Malabou argues that Freud was always committed, at least intrinsically, to the existence of an immanent ‘death drive’, such that one could parry the neurological critique of psychoanalysis and argue to the contrary that, with regard to psychopathology, it would make better explanatory sense to locate cerebrality within the dual structure of Freudian sexuality.

It was likewise the sudden mutual failure of recognition, the depersonalizationwoinded an aging grandmother that inspired Catherine Malabou teh write her latest book, The New Wounded: In anticipation this very question, Malabou reaches for wounds on the farthest end of the severity spectrum.

Fundamentally, they are both faulty since neither recognizes explosive plasticity.

The New Wounded by Catherine Malabou – / daily review

Her orchestration of sources is impressive, but to say that this book is not an easy read is like saying the Atlantic is not a quick swim. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 21 4: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Becks rated it it was ok Mar 07, The central question posed by such traumatic ruptures reveals the capacity for destructive plasticity to make us anew in the wake of our own destruction, not through our redemption, but through our erasure.

The classic case is that of Phineas Gage, a mid-nineteenth-century railway foreman who famously survived serious damage to his prefrontal cortex caused when an iron rail was blown through his head.


For Malabou, this symptomatic profile indicates a profound suffering constituted by an ‘indifference to suffering’ xiiand it represents catherind crucial evidence of the new wounded.

The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage

How do I relate to her? Alex rated it it was ok Nov 03, In most scientific circles, it is now understood that Descartes was wrong: In this way the psychoanalytic model holds the key to conceiving the metamorphic work of destructive plasticity.

In a striking example from a recently published case report, Galarza, Isaac, Porcar et al. The behavior of subjects who are victims of “sociopolitical traumas,” such as abuse, war, terrorist attacks, or sexual assaults, displays striking resemblances to that of subjects who have suffered brain damage. The mind is our memory, our mind grows as our experience and wealth of memory grows. The Neurological Subordination of Sexuality pp. catyerine

The author needs to go into the field and study the people, not just the books the same can be said for most Continental theory, really. In the third stage of the discussion, then, Malabou explores ‘whether the death drive and the brutal traumatic force of the event can be thought and cathfrine together’ Changes caused by cerebral lesions frequently manifest themselves as an unprecedented metamorphosis in the patient’s identity.

A material brain would onl be capable of producing matrial effects, that is, perceptions. The “new wounded” suffer from psychic wounds that traditional psychoanalysis, with its emphasis on the psyche’s need to integrate events into its own history, cannot understand or cure.