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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Retrieved December 31,from Somatosphere Web site: There is no such thing as a ‘mind’, there is just a working brain. To view it, click here. Just as sociopolitical trauma produces effects at different sites and in different manifestations than organic trauma—a difference that Malabou wants to ultimately efface in her analysis—so cognitive sequelae are not reducible to affective ones.

The brain and mind are obviously intimately joined. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. I agree that it would be nice that I’m wrong on this, because it always seems to lessen the human experience when we lose one more tradition. In a striking example from a recently published case report, Galarza, Isaac, Porcar et al.

Becks rated it it was ok Mar 07, Tero Nauha rated it really liked it Sep 11, And such donated narratives arrive in quite unusual ways. It may seem gloomy to admit that we are all vulnerable to becoming ‘new wounded’ Although Gage survived, he was no longer himself — he literally ‘became someone else’ Brennan Utley rated it really liked it Feb 13, Malabou first marshals scientific evidence demonstrating that the brain has self-regulating circuits involved with emotion. Carolyn Shread Polity, In itself, this might not require a book-length treatment.


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The erasure of psychic history, the site of the failure of psychoanalytic theories of trauma, is thus the acute place to witness the cerebral effects of lesional plasticity, which manifest themselves as psychic disorganization -or more specifically, as emotional deficits.

Numerous books have appeared in translation, including the re-readings of Hegel and Heidegger, and the materialist reorientation of Derridean deconstruction, that form the philosophical grounds of her subsequent research. She makes clear her commitments and also the limits of her claims.

But, not quite there Catherine Malabou’s tne has been steadily rising in the Anglophone world over the last several years. History of Psychiatry 4 Howard29 October 13, 9: Fascinating article on an area that has intrigued me since university days.

The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage by Catherine Malabou

Is the ‘Freudian Science’ that metamorphosed into a metaphysic almost overnight, under the withering critiques of E. There is thus a dialectic of identity and otherness within the brain itself, and therein lies the vital contradictoriness of homeostasis: One should just remain mindful that for all the discussion of neuroscience, a hhe condition of accepting her account of explosive plasticity will be its alignment with one’s own political commitments.

Effacing the limits that separate “neurobiology” from “sociopathy,” brain damage tends also to blur the boundaries between history and nature. The mind is our memory, our mind grows as our experience and wealth of memory grows.

The New Wounded:

The argumentative structure of the book is thus set up as a three-step dialectical ‘confrontation’ between Freudian psychoanalysis and contemporary neuroscience concerning their respective conceptions of psychopathological etiology: And the ‘new’ person will swear blind that that is their real personality. Clinical Neurophysiology 1: This concept, which is Malabou’s own, forms the real ground of the synthesis she proposes. The brain records our memories, our mind is a strict synonym of memory.


While Malabou may be entirely correct thhe declaring that new identities indeed emerge — ex nihilo —in the wake of brain trauma, her analysis misses the persistent rejoinders, the possibilities of continuity envisioned and enacted in neurotrauma today.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Oct 06, Justin rated it liked it. Potentially more persuasive, then, would be to adopt a more subdued approach to explosive plasticity by focusing, not on its creative potential, but rather on its possible harmful consequences.

Comments are open to registered bookforum. Tomas Boudreau rated it liked it Feb 02, Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. The “new wounded” suffer from psychic wounds th This book employs a philosophical approach to the “new wounded” brain lesion patients to stage a confrontation between psychoanalysis and contemporary neurobiology, focused on the issue of trauma and psychic wounds.

Who, then, are ‘the new wounded’? Ghe with This Book. Malabou seeks to redefine not only traumatic malabo but also to radically revise our understanding of the injured subject. But how this happens remains a mystery. Want to Read saving…. This change is with the administration jalabou a single neuro-transmitter. 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.