It can happen that a law incurs the wrath of the very people it set out to protect. This is what happened in France at the end of 2003 with the Accoyer Amendment, a Bill that intended to regulate the exercise of psychotherapies even at the cost of the disappearance of psychoanalysis itself. The public that this law was supposed to protect thus ran the risk of finding themselves stripped of certain freedoms that democracy usually guarantees. How had it become possible to reach such a point? This is what this book sets out to examine. Evaluation and cognitive-behavioural scientism, which have been progressively infiltrating different forms of knowledge with destructive effect, undoubtedly played a major role. And then, the International Psychoanalytical Association, despite having been founded by Freud to protect his invention, started to endorse the forced cognitivisation of psychoanalysis. Meanwhile, psychiatry slid back into its nineteenth century hygienic obscurantism and its new recruit, epidemiology, began playing host to racialist discourses.
Table of Contents
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR PREFACE Bernard-Henri LevyCHAPTER ONE The AmendmentCHAPTER TWO Procrustes and the river of sludge I CHAPTER THREE Procrustes and the river of sludge II CHAPTER FOUR Cognitive-behavioural calculation CHAPTER FIVE Discipline and banish CHAPTER SIX Bioreligion CHAPTER SEVEN The commodification of knowledges A FEW WORDS OF CONCLUSION APPENDIX I The new Amendment APPENDIX II "Scientifically" discrediting psychoanalysis and attacking civil liberties NOTES REFERENCES INDEX