Anthology of recent, cutting-edge work in psychoanalysis and philosophy on the concept of inheritance.
In contrast to the way inheritance is understood in scientific discourse and culture more broadly, inheritance in psychoanalysis is a paradox. Although it’s impossible, strictly speaking, for the unconscious to be inherited, this volume demonstrates how the concept of inheritance can occasion a rich reassessment and reinvention of psychoanalytic theory and practice. The collection enacts a critical traversal of inheritance for psychoanalysis: from the most basic assumptions of natural or biological inheritance, such as innateness, heredity, evolution, and ontogenesis, to analysis of the ways cultural traditions can be challenged and transformed, and finally to the reinvention of psychoanalytic practice, in which the ethics of inheritance is fully realized as the individual’s responsibility to transform the social bond. Featuring strong interdisciplinary analysis rooted in both psychoanalysis and philosophy, this volume further engages science, politics, and cultural studies, and addresses contemporary political challenges such as autism and transgenderism.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Inheritance in Psychoanalysis
James A. Godley
1. Against Heredity: The Question of Causality in Psychoanalysis
2. Lacan with Evo- Devo?
3. The Late Innate: Jean Laplanche, Jaak Panksepp, and the Distinction between Sexual Drives and Instincts
4. Hegel’s Mother
5. Biopower in Lacan’s Inheritance; or, From Foucault to Freud, via Deleuze, and Back to Marx
A. Kiarina Kordela
6. Drug Is the Love: Literature, Psychopharmacology, Psychoanalysis
7. Testament of the Revolution (Walter Benjamin)
8. “We” and “They”: Animals behind Our Back
9. F. O. Matthiessen: Heir to (American) Jouissance
Donald E. Pease
10. A Mortimer Trap: The Passing of Death in The Real Life of Sebastian Knight
11. Freud Fainted; or, “It All Started 1000s of Years Ago in Egypt . . .”
Lydia R. Kerr
THE INHERITANCE OF PSYCHOANALYSIS
12. Freud’s Lamarckian Clinic
13. Freud against Oedipus?
Philippe Van Haute
14. Plastic Sex? The Beauty of It!
15. The Autistic Body and Its Objects
16. The Insistence of Jouissance: On Inheritance and Psychoanalysis
Joan Copjec with James A. Godley
About the Contributors
About the Editors:
Joel Goldbach and James A. Godley are recent graduates of the PhD program in English at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.