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Canestri, J. (2015). The Case for Neuropsychoanalysis. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 96(6):1575-1584.

(2015). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 96(6):1575-1584

The Case for Neuropsychoanalysis Language Translation

Jorge Canestri

THE BRAIN is wider than the sky,

For, put them side by side,

The one the other will include

With ease, and you beside.

The brain is deeper than the sea,

For, hold them, blue to blue,

The one the other will absorb,

As sponges, buckets do.

The brain is just the weight of God,

For, lift them, pound for pound,

And they will differ, if they do,

As syllable from sound.

Emily Dickinson (1830-86)

Complete Poems (1924).

Part One: Life CXXXVI

Among a number of aims pursued by the authors of this paper, one was to analyse and discuss the objections and criticisms that have been made towards the discipline founded by the same authors - namely neuropsychoanalysis.

My commentary will not focus on these criticisms, which are well known for that matter, but I will propose a set of observations somewhat ‘tangential’ to the critical debate and to the paper itself. I will strive to do this specifically in relation to the issues that I deem central in what, in the 2014 Symposium organised by the European Psychoanalytical Federation in Berlin (Canestri, 2014), I referred to as “The complexity of the dialogue between neurosciences and psychoanalysis”. It goes without saying that in this brief summary I will not be able to do justice to the authors’ well-structured and detailed works, and that I will have no choice but to repeat some of the arguments already developed in the Symposium (Canestri, 2014).


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