Gerhard Scharbert, Sigrid Weigel (Hg.)

A Neuro-Psychoanalytical Dialogue for Bridging Freud and the Neurosciences

Springer International Publishing, 2015, 174 Seiten
ISBN 9783319176055 • 9783319176048

The book presents an overview of the term neuropsychoanalysis and traces its historical and scientific foundations as well as its cultural implications. It also turns its attention to some blind spots, open questions, and to what the future may hold. It examines the cooperative and conflicted relationship between psychoanalysis and neuroscience. Articles from different fields investigate the neurological basis of psychoanalysis as well as the psychological terms of neurology. They also discuss what psychoanalysis has to offer neuroscience. In addition, the emerging neuro-psychoanalytical dialogue is enriched here by the voice of a culturally informed history of science. The book brings leading authorities on these topics into conversation with each other, creating an unprecedented opportunity to better understand the ›language‹ of the psyche. Specific concerns include the discussion of corporeality, how the body figures into psychoanalysis, the meaning of the unconscious in connection with dreams, unconscious fantasies, and the field of epigenetics. Following a historical perspective the book provides a re-reading of Freud's drive theory, exploring his concept of ›life‹ at the threshold of science and culture as well as the relationship between various representations, somatic states and the origin of drive. Overall, the book argues that if the different methodological approaches of psychoanalysis and neuroscience are acknowledged not only for their individual uniqueness but also as a dialectic, then the resulting epistemological and methodological dialogue might open up a fascinating body of neuropsychoanalytical knowledge.

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  • Sigrid Weigel: Introduction
    p. 1–10
  • Mark Solms/Oliver H. Turnbull: What Is Neuropsychoanalysis?
    p. 13–30
  • Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber: Enactments in Transference: Embodiment, Trauma and Depression. What Have Psychoanalysis and the Neurosciences to Offer to Each Other
    p. 33–46
  • Sigrid Weigel: Embodiment in Simulation Theory and Cultural Science, with Remarks on the Coding-Problem of Neuroscience
    p. 47–71
  • Gerhard Scharbert: Signs and Souls: The Prehistory of Psychoanalytical Treatment in Nineteenth-Century French Psychiatry
    p. 75–89
  • Tamara Fischmann: Dreams, Unconscious Fantasies and Epigenetics
    p. 91–105
  • Sigrid Weigel: Beyond the Death Drive: Freud’s Engagement with Cell Biology and the Reconceptualization of His Drive Theory
    p. 109–125
  • Yoram Yovell: Drive and Love: Revisiting Freud’s Drive Theory
    p. 127–136
  • Pierre J. Magistretti/Francois Ansermet: The Island of Drive: Representations, Somatic States and the Origin of Drive
    p. 137–147
  • Ulrike Kadi: Couch Potato: Some Remarks Concerning the Body of Psychoanalysis
    p. 151–162
  • Edith Seifert: »The Medulla Oblongata Is a Very Serious and Lovely Object.« A Comparison of Neuroscientific and Psychoanalytical Theories
    p. 163–170


International Symposium
29.10.2010 – 30.10.2010 · 02.00 Uhr

Freud and Neurosciences. Investigating the Dialogue between Psychoanalysis and Neurosciences

ZfL, Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin, 3. Et., Trajekte-Tagungsraum 308