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By Liran Razinsky

Was once 'death' a lacuna on the center of Sigmund Freud's paintings? Liran Razinsky argues that the query of loss of life is repressed, rejected and refrained from via Freud, accordingly leading to an impairment of the complete theoretical constitution of psychoanalysis. Razinsky helps his declare via a chain of shut readings of psychoanalytic texts (including not only Freud, yet Klein, Kohut, Jung and Lacan between others) that discover psychoanalysis' inattention to this basic human quandary. The readings are mixed to shape an total critique of psychoanalysis - one who continues to be sympathetic yet demands a rethinking of the difficulty of demise. In offering a clean and persuasive interpretation of the Freudian corpus, this e-book may be of curiosity to students of Freud's notion and psychoanalysis, literary students, analysts, clinicians and to all these fascinated about death's psychic existence.

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23–4). As a matter of fact, ideas about the disregard and distortion of reality can be found quite early in Freud (1901, pp. 11 The important thing is that while elsewhere, in his early writings on dreams or the psychopathology of everyday life for example, Freud applies his theoretical model with a certain ease to the phenomena, leaving a space between the “official” theoretical requirement and its application to clinical matters, here, in the case of death, he demands the strictest and most literal adherence to the instinctual explanatory model.

A serious objection to Freud’s claims against the psychic presence of death is that if death cannot be pictured in the unconscious, it cannot be represented in the case of the other’s death either. Freud, however, denies the psychic presence of death only in one’s own case, and specifically claims that the unconscious acknowledges death in the case of another person, the enemy, and indeed, that death is the only punishment the unconscious knows (1915, pp. 7 He even states this in the same passage as his claims against death’s representation, only lines away from them.

The secret of acts of heroism, he adds, is that at bottom the unconscious does not believe in its death. It is worthwhile examining the claim concerning the absence of an instinctual correlative to death. It is doubtful, first of all, what the historical status of the claim is, when in 1920 Freud posits a death drive, and thus something instinctual which responds, albeit in a complex manner, to a belief in death. 8 While on the subject of the death drive, it should also be noted that most of the other arguments as well are thrown into question by that concept.

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