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Do humans prefer darkness to light? Slavery to freedom? Dead life to living life? After L’uomo senza inconscio, Massimo Recalcati returns with this book to question the psychoanalytic clinic in its relationship with the crucial transformation of contemporary society and psychology of the masses. At the centre is no longer the perverse dimension of neo-libertine enjoyment that refuses Laws, but the subject’s social withdraw, its melancholy introversion.
The wall emerges as the disturbing symbol of our time; it is the wall of the closure of life towards life; it is the neo-melancholic tendency to reject the transcendence of existence; it is the security drive that would transform the border from a vital place of exchange to a bastion, barbed wire, closed port. The disturbing outline of the death drive, which psychoanalysis after Freud would have liked to repudiate, returns to the scene of individual and collective life.
Massimo Recalcati is a Lacanian psychoanalyst and writer. He trained in psychoanalysis in Paris with Jacques-Alain Miller. Among the most famous psychoanalysts in Italy, he is an analyst member of the Italian Lacanian Association of Psychoanalysis and director of the IRPA (Institute of Applied Psychoanalysis Research). He currently teaches Psychopathology of eating habits at the University of Pavia and Psychoanalysis and Human Sciences at the Department of Human Sciences of the University of Verona. In 2017 he won the Ernest Hemingway Award, Witness of our time, with the following motivation: «… for having told in his works, with depth and intelligence, the mutations that occurred in our society, indicating themes and needs that, for analytical acumen become paradigmatic of our time».