Posts in Volume 2
Comment l’écoute et la parole d’un psychanalyste hors cure classique peuvent contribuer a traiter la douleur. Une approche clinique et institutionnelle.

Ce titre fait référence à Michel Lapeyre, psychanalyste toulousain décédé prématurément en 2009. C’est aussi un bref hommage à un collègue et ami très cher qui nous manque et pour lequel l’éthique n’était pas un vain mot.

En effet, il m’écrivait : « On ne parle plus ou presque plus aux malades surtout les plus atteints, alors que c’est l’activité que nous devrions avoir avec eux ; la question se pose de savoir qui à moins d’une analyse peut faire un tel travail ? »i. Il mettait donc l’accent sur la parole de l’analyste, l’écoute étant souvent privilégiée.

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Prendre soin psychiquement

2014 aujourd’hui. Presque 120 ans, et plutôt alerte, la vieille dame ! Quelque chose, dans l'idée et la démarche psychanalytique doit être assez increvable, puisqu'elle continue à avancer, à inventer, irriguer recherches et controverses, parfois violentes, à causer et faire causer - que certains la choisissent comme exutoire privilégié de leur hargne tandis que, d'autres sont encore, pour elle, tout feu, tout flamme, remplissent l'espace social où elle circule du spectacle de leurs querelles byzantines, tant il est difficile pour eux de supporter... qu'elle ait plusieurs amants…

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Responding to the Call of Philosophy: Hellenistic Moral Philosophy as an Art of Living

Tia Jamir

Philosophy is not about a body of inflexible truths, but a way of life. Three recent books give us a sense of the significance and extent of philosophy as a practical enterprise: Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche, by James Miller; How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer, by Sarah Bakewell; and The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life, by Bettany Hughes.1 These books demonstrate that some of the most influential Western philosophers (primarily the ancient philosophers, but also Montaigne, Rousseau, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and others) intended their philosophy to be not just a body of doctrines, of pure intellectual content, but to be above all an “art of living.” Understanding philosophy as an “art of living” means not to change the world, but the philosopher herself.

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Self Reliance Not Counseling- A Contemporary Perspective On Practical Philosophy And Its Relationship With The Individual

Gérald Rochelle

Still in 2014 we have to ask what practical philosophy is and who is the practical philosopher? There is no doubt that practical philosophy is a global enterprise that has established itself as a way of using philosophy to investigate human problems applied to the individual1 1. And on the face of it this would seem to open the door to what could be a great breadth of enterprise in the true philosophically investigative tradition. But this has not happened. Under the influence of the contemporary neoliberal culture the practical philosopher has been largely led astray by the idea that investigating human problems means following the analytic model of counselling laid down by post-Freudian/post-Jungian psychoanalysts. The result has been that under the spell of bringing rational technique to the aid of those perplexed or confused, the practical philosopher in the guise of counsellor proffers the thoughts of philosophers mostly gone by as some form of given truth; and this can so easily become aphorisms of sages for the clinically depressed—Plato not Prozac2. Plato not Prozac, a sound principle, and a revolutionary statement that injected great force into the modern movement of practical philosophy—Philosophy not Therapy, but a principle quickly hijacked by the therapeutic method to which it sought to be an alternative; the step-change in practical philosophy brought about a tendency to philosophical practice and that has not been practising a method of philosophising but instead the organisation of practitionersphilosophical therapists So, as the Sophist was reviled for selling techniques for winning arguments, so also modern practical philosophers should be condemned if they simply help plot some sort of life-coaching course for their couch bound clients.

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