By Nicola Diamond
Between Skins demanding situations individualistic bills of the physique in psychoanalysis. Drawing on philosophy, modern neurobiology and developmental study, Nicola Diamond explores the ways that physically tactics and epidermis event are inseparable from the sector of language and environmental context.
- The first ebook to handle epistemological implications for a brand new realizing of the physique and embodiment - deals a brand new viewpoint at the department among brain, physique and world
- Brings jointly a philosophical phenomenological account of physique adventure with key recommendations from psychoanalysis, developmental learn and neuroscience
- Responds to a starting to be curiosity within the physique and psychoanalysis, and considers a few boundaries in neuro-biological money owed of brain-body techniques for psychoanalytical understanding
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In neuroscience ‘representation’ requires more conceptual discussion and elaboration. As yet neuroscience does not benefit from the complex understanding and nuanced sense that such a term has in psychoanalytic and philosophical debates. However, as already noted, psychoanalysis suggests that a body image can be reduced to an abstracted, pure idea status, albeit complex, relating to memory, fantasy and the like. I think Merleau-Ponty can help challenge this tendency to render the image as entirely abstract, rejecting the reified notion of ‘idea’ implied by traditional debates on representation that presupposed ‘idealism’ (he likewise rejected the inverse claims of a mechanical materialism).
This emotional right Nurture/Nature 31 brain body development does the basic seminal groundwork and is required for what is to follow in higher cortical and left brain processing. Bowlby, the psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with a special interest in the biological and evolutionary sciences and founder of attachment theory and research, was aware ‘that there is potential in the healthy neonate to enter into an elemental form of social interaction’ (Bowlby 1969: 7). Despite the tensions in his work between a one- and two-person-body approach, Freud noted as early as 1895 that a baby aiming to satisfy any biological need is dependent on a response from a caretaker, who provides what he calls ‘a secondary function of the highest importance, that of communication’ (Freud 1895: 315).
It is no more natural and no less conventional to shout in anger or to kiss in love . . Feelings and passionate conduct are invented like words. (Merleau-Ponty 1962: 189) Merleau-Ponty is adamantly against a vulgar Darwinism or any crude form of social-biological reductionism in the style of Desmond Morris. Such an approach refuses to take into account the complexity of bodily language and modes of cultural expression. Merleau-Ponty argues that there is no crude natural sign as far as the body is concerned and that the physiological equipment is radically open to many possibilities of affective expression (affective used purposely here) which are simultaneously formed with the gesture and are the articulation of the body in its cultural specificity.