"Is psychoanalysis operating a phenomenological turn? Some historical and epistemological elements of response" with Mathieu Arminjon, PhD
At the turn of the century, neuroscience provided space for the generation of a number of â€śneurodisciplines,â€ť such as social neuroscience (Cacioppo & Bernston, 1992), neurophenomenology (Varela, 1996), neuropsychoanalysis (Nersessian & Solms, 1999), and neuroeconomy (Camerer, Loewenstein, & Prelec, 2005). To Fernando Vidal (Vidal, 2009) such cerebralization of the subject is not the result of recent advances in neuroscience. Instead, it is the endpoint of an anthropological mutation, extending back to the eighteenth century, which generated a disembodied representation of the self.
Dr. Arminjon proposes to show that Vidalâ€™s historical account fails to explain why neuropsychoanalysis and neurophenomenology emerged precisely during the neuroscience boom and not before. Nevertheless, discussing Vidalâ€™s thesis opens a space for showing why, in contrast to cognitive scienceâ€™s disembodied model, both neuropsychoanalysis and neurophenomenology rehabilitated a corporeal and subjective conception of the subject.
This historical and epistemological analysis will have two aims: (1) Showing how Antonio Damasioâ€™s neurobiology and Freudian metapsychology are both historically rooted in Theodor Meynertâ€™s neuropsychiatry (Arminjon, Ansermet, & Magistretti, 2010), and (2) showing why adopting a phenomenological perspective allows for clarifying to what extent the id can be said to be conscious (Solms, 2013).
2 CME/CE credits offered
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
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