Knowing Nothing, Staying Stupid: Elements for a Psychoanalytic Epistemology

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Taylor & Francis, 2005 - 251 lappuses

Why is stupidity sublime?

What is the value of a 'dialectics of ignorance' for analysts and academics?

Knowing Nothing, Staying Stupid draws on recent research to provide a thorough and illuminating evaluation of the status of knowledge and truth in psychoanalysis. Adopting a Lacanian framework, Dany Nobus and Malcolm Quinn question the basic assumption that knowledge is universally good and describe how psychoanalysis is in a position to place forms of knowledge in a dialectical relationship with non-knowledge, blindness, ignorance and stupidity. The book draws out the implications of a psychoanalytic theory of knowledge for the practices of knowledge construction, acquisition and transmission across the humanities and social sciences.

The book is divided into two sections. The first section addresses the foundations of a psychoanalytic approach to knowledge as it emerges from clinical practice, whilst the second section considers the problems and issues of applied psychoanalysis, and the ambiguous position of the analyst in the public sphere. Subjects covered include:

The Logic of Psychoanalytic Discovery

Creative Knowledge Production and Institutionalised Doctrine

The Desire to Know versus the Fall of Knowledge

Epistemological Regression and the Problem of Applied Psychoanalysis

This provocative discussion of the dialectics of knowing and not knowing will be welcomed by practicing psychoanalysts and students of psychoanalytic studies, but also by everyone working in the fields of social science, philosophy and cultural studies.

 

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Introduction
1
The subject of psychoanalysis knowledge truth and meaning
9
Midwives of the whys and wherefores on the logic of psychoanalytic discovery
11
A matter of cause knowledge and truth in the practice of psychoanalysis
36
The punning of reason meaning nonsense and the limits of psychoanalytic language
63
Knowledge in failure crises of legitimacy and the emergence of institutionalized doctrine
83
Less than knowledge psychoanalysis and the economies of thought
105
Reading Seminar XVIIfrom the desire to know to the fall of knowledge
107
Concluding the time for comprehending the epistemological reversal of the knowledge at risk
138
The game beneath the game logical aspects of the artifice the dummy and the hoax
161
Epistemological regression and the problem of applied psychoanalysis
186
Conceptualizing the rigorous hole
201
Notes
210
References
225
Index
243
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Dany Nobus is Professor of Psychology and Psychoanalysis, Brunel University. He is the author of Jacques Lacan and the Freudian Practice of Psychoanalysis and the Editor-in-Chief of Journal for Lacanian Studies.

Malcolm Quinn is Reader in Critical Practice, University of the Arts London. He has published work on the fascist spectacle, art and cultural politics. He is an Editor of Journal for Lacanian Studies.

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