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(1983). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLIII, 1979: Transmission-Resignation. Jean Gillibert. Pp. 247-259.. Psychoanal Q., 52:487-488.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLIII, 1979: Transmission-Resignation. Jean Gillibert. Pp. 247-259.

(1983). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 52:487-488

Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLIII, 1979: Transmission-Resignation. Jean Gillibert. Pp. 247-259.

Psychoanalysis is characterized by a tradition which has been set up with a text, a doctrine, etc. But it is not a fundamental science or a discipline of exactness and specificity. Psychoanalysis oscillates between becoming a dogmatism of a revealed text and a dogmatism of learned ignorance. Since it has become self-referential and sectarian, psychoanalysis has become more and more convoluted in its speculations, has forgotten life and death, and is in the process of losing itself deliberately. For Gillibert there is no transmission except that of a meaning, or the meaning of meaning. There is no transmission in psychoanalysis of a meaning revealed once for all time. The linguistic model of de Saussure, as travestied by Lacan, has been recognized as an illusion. But there is no operative or epistemological model, whether linguistic or biological, which will account for the totality of the doctrinal corpus of psychoanalysis, much less for the process of therapy which goes beyond our knowledge. We can see certain ideas

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returning, like the return of the repressed. Such would be the rediscoveries of hypnosis and catharsis. We see an intellectualization developing about Freudian terms and ideas, which are as bandied about as household terms. Yet psychoanalysis still has the power of transmission, and it is due essentially to the therapeutic project itself.

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(1983). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLIII, 1979. Psychoanal. Q., 52:487-488

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