2 thoughts on “Interview with Dr. Bruce Fink, author of “Clinical Introduction to Freud: Techniques for Everyday Practice”

  • June 4, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Post-structuralism is taking it hard at the moment, and I wonder how someone such as Fink can be so wholeheartedly behind Lacan, while Lacan’s opponents (who mainly rail against the relativism of post-modernism) deride him as an utter obscurantist. Like Freud, there are probably arguments made by Lacan that just don’t hold, while other parts of his theories are undeniably accurate but do some people just have a bug up their ass and won’t ever will themselves to try to understand Lacan?

    • September 2, 2019 at 9:18 pm

      I’m fascinated by the mixture of concerns articulated in your comment. Is “post-structuralism” taking it “hard”. Is Fink “behind” Lacan. Are we critiquing “others” lack of “Will” toward “understanding” Lacan. So, should Fink come out from behind Lacan? Should he aspire to some sense of mastery by the latest turn in say the “cognitive sciences” or practice a “philosophy” not engaged with the “unconscious”? It seems that a critique, or fashionable dispute with a so-called “obscurantist” has an increase in the narcissistic capital necessary for the post-post-structuralist debate. A fundamental aporia emerges to which Lacan’s detractors seem oblivious…”understanding” as it is “understood” relies on a delusion of mastery while concealing, and this is somewhat suspect, the “truth” lurking behind the “claim”. I could have said “utterance” or “assertion”, but chose “claim” as pertinent to the “possessive” tenor of the “understanding” in question. Anyway, thank you for providing an interesting amusement…a game of interpretation if you will.


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