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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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Medical Anthropology Quarterly 22 4: 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, malabbou through our erasure.

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Refresh and try again. Such is, in brief outline, the content of Malabou’s reflection on the new wounded. 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.

Don’t have an account yet? Sara rated it it was amazing Aug 08, Another consideration is the question: Even if as some suspect there is more legend than fact in this story, it nonetheless dramatizes Malabou’s idea of an explosive change in personal identity: Malabou seeks to redefine not only traumatic etiology but also to radically revise our understanding of the injured subject.


And Malabou thinks that this can occur in ways other than cerebral lesion, including neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, and even what she calls ‘sociopolitical trauma’ or ‘war trauma’: Amanda J rated it really liked it Jun 18, Tomas Boudreau rated it liked it Feb 02, Poo Roykaew rated it it was amazing Jul 28, From the Neurological Novel to the Theater of Absence pp. Eastley and Wilcock The Subject of the Accident pp.

Catherine Malabou’s star woujded been steadily rising in the Anglophone world over the last several years.

The New Wounded:

I was surprised not to see Mortimer Adler’s mlaabou mentioned in connection to the mind-brain problem. I don’t thinks its fair to compare psychotherapists to chiropractors, but I suspect it will be fair with the evolution of neuroscience. If the two words—”mind” and “brain”—are strict synonyms, we cannot meaningfully ask about the relation of psychology to neurology because psychology is identical with neurology.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. How do I relate to her? Attempts to deal with it will therefore inevitably be insufficient in empirical evidential terms.

The patients find themselves equally changed; they no longer recognize themselves as they were before. It thereby reevaluates the brain as an organ that is not separated from psychic life but rather at its center. The behavior of subjects who are victims of “sociopolitical traumas,” such as abuse, war, terrorist attacks, or sexual assaults, displays striking resemblances to ned of subjects who have suffered brain damage.


When can we say the old self nw gone and a new one present?

The idea is that the dysfunction that follows trauma cannot arise from meaning buried in that old, obliterated self. Meehan Crist writes an engaging, challenging and readable review, thank you for that.


That the latter occurs is entirely possible, of course, but no empirical evidence can be drawn from neuroscience, since this does not recognize the category of explosive plasticity.

International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 12 4: Effacing the limits that separate “neurobiology” from “sociopathy,” brain damage tends also to blur cathfrine boundaries between history and nature.

Malabou instead positions the rupture of trauma—the destruction inherent in the meaningless accident —beyond this possibility for a hermeneutic significance of such psychic histories. It is a dense read with a lot of Freudian psychoanalysis, but one that I found to be well worth it, particularly given the absence of theorization regarding destructive plasticity anywhere else. From Elasticity to Resilience pp. The review makes me cautious about even attempting to read a book that seems to defy a certain kind of comprehensibility.