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The Routledge International Handbook of Psychoanalysis, Subjectivity, and Technology

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ISBN 9781032050690
July 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
624 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge International Handbook of Psychoanalysis, Subjectivity, and Technology uniquely provides a comprehensive overview of human subjectivity in the technological age and how psychoanalysis can help us better understand human life.

Presented in five parts, Goodman and Clemente collaborate with an international community of scholars and practitioners to consider how psychoanalytic formulations can be brought to bear on the impact technology has had on the facets of human subjectivity. Chapters examine how technology is reshaping our understanding of what it means to be a human subject, through embodiment, intimacy, porn, political motivation, mortality, communication, interpersonal exchange, thought, attention, responsibility, vulnerability, and more. Filled with thought-provoking and nuanced chapters, the contributors approach technology from a diverse range of entry points but all engage through the lens of psychoanalytic theory, practice, and thought.

This book is essential for academics and students of psychoanalysis, philosophy, ethics, media, liberal arts, social work, and bioethics. With the inclusion of timely chapters on the coronavirus pandemic and teletherapy, psychoanalysts in practice and training as well as other mental health practitioners will also find this book an invaluable resource.

Table of Contents

Part I: Everything Has Two Handles: Technological Ambivalence

1. Touching Trauma: Therapy, Technology, Recovery

Richard Kearney

2. Mediating the Subject of Psychoanalysis: A Conversation on Bodies, Temporality, and Narrative

Patricia T. Clough, Bibi Calderaro, Iréne Hultman, Talha İşsevenler, Sandra Moyano-Ariza, & Jason Nielsen

3. Dreaming Life in the Digital Age

Richard Frankel

4. The Soul Behind Your Eyes: Psychic Presence in the Digital Screen

Victor J. Krebs

5. The Time of Technology: Plato’s Clock and Psychoanalysis

Eric R. Severson

6. Psychoanalysis Has Lost Its Touch and Other Reflections from a Technologic Age

Matthew Clemente

Part II: The Philosopher’s Stone: Converting Theory into Practice 

7. Auxiliary Organs and Extimate Implants: Coming to Terms with Technology from a Psychoanalytical Perspective

Hub Zwart

8. Foucault’s Care of Self: A Response to Modern Technology

Hannah Venable

9. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Reflections on the Other as Monster

Robert D. Romanyshyn

10. Lifepower as a Metaphor in Edith Stein’s Philosophy of Psychology: Salient Questions for Psychoanalysis and Transhumanism

Gabriel J Costello

11. Technology in Tenebris: Heidegger on the paradoxes of truth, freedom, and technology 

William Hendel

Part III: Through the Looking-Glass: Online Fantasies, Social Media, and the Screen

12. No One Gets out of Here Alive: Trading Technologies of Human Exceptionalism for Dense Temporalities of Transcorporeal Zooms

Katie Gentile

13. The Intimacy of the Virtual Distance 

Susi Ferrarello

14. Abject Evil: Technology and the Banality of the Thanatonic 

Brian W. Becker

15. The Analytic Fourth: Telepsychotherapy between opportunities and limitations 

Osmano Oasi, Roberto Viganoni, & Chiara Rossi

16. From the Analogue to the Digital Unconscious: Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of Psychoanalytic Media Studies 

Jacob Johanssen

17. Could I interest you in everything all of the time?: A Bionian analysis of social media engagement 

Karley M.P. Guterres, A. Taiga Guterres, & Julia Goetz

18. Hashtag Mania or Misadventures in the #ultrapsychic

Stephen Hartman

19.  Internet Memes and the Face of the Other

Lewis Thurston & Nancy Thurston

20. Who Am I Really? Illusions and Splits in the Mirror

Susan E. Schwartz

21. Emotional Trauma and Technology: A Clinical Story of Traumatic Isolation and Technologically Mediated Psychoanalytic Therapy

Peter Maduro

22. Touch (Screened): Technological Trauma, Excarnation, and Dissociation in a Digital Age 

M. Mookie C. Manalili

Part IV: Animating the Inorganic: Analyzing Artificial Intelligence 

23. AI and Madness 

Anestis Karastergiou 

24. Algorithmic Dedication and Mercurial Psychoanalysis: Subject, Subjectivation, and the Unconscious in the Digital World-Environment 

Jean Marc Tauszik, trans. Jane Brodie 

25. Uncanny Traces: Villiers de l’Isle-Adam’s Critique of the Metaphysics of Selfhood

Manolis Simos 

26. Auto Intimacy

Hannah Zeavin 

27.  Mental health treatment in the Information Age: Exploring the functions of artificial intelligence and human subjectivity in psychotherapy 

Lisa Finlay

Part V: Future of an Intrusion: Technology, Politics, and the Road Ahead 

28. Ironically into the End of an Era, with Continual Reference to Kierkegaard

Samuel C. Gable 

29. Streaming Desire and the Post-Machine World

Heather Macdonald 

30. Cruel Optimization: Interrogating Technology’s Optimization of Human Being

Stephen Lugar 

31. ROOM: A Sketchbook for Analytic Action—The Use of Digital Technology as a Vehicle in Psychoanalysis

Hattie Myers & Isaac Slone

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David M. Goodman is an Associate Dean at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development, the Director of the newly launching Center for Psychological Humanities and Ethics, and serves on the faculty in three Boston College departments: Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, Philosophy, and Formative Education.

Matthew Clemente is a husband and father of five. He is a Research Fellow in the Center for Psychological Humanities and Ethics at Boston College and the Assistant Editor of the Journal for Continental Philosophy of Religion.


"Open this handbook with great care, for in it you will find a mirror (at times, a black mirror) reflecting a contemporary vision and analysis of yourself, your world, and the technologies that shape you. Psychoanalysis becomes the perfect tool for exploring how we live with and are lived by technology, and this book digs deep into the theory, practice, and process of living in a world transformed by the machines we create."

-Jack Foehl, President, Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute

"If one were able to go back in time and tell Louis XIV, in all his glory, that in our times one can have a warm home equipped with hot running waters throughout the winter and a cool breeze in his bedchamber all summer long and do so effortlessly; or the means to illuminate every corner in his rooms and every room in his house at will; or to have any meal or drink his appetite might fancy delivered to him within the hour at his door; or have his coffee made at the press of a button; or to have the uncanny ability to summon in his presence the representations of absent people, whether living or dead, hear them talking and talk with them as if they were present, and, in short, all of the other abilities modern technology makes possible to us, he would say that these are powers unfathomable even to a Sun King, to be assigned perhaps only to a god, even if, as Freud aptly put it, a prosthetic god.

And if one were able to go back in time and tell King Solomon, in all his wisdom, that such god-like powers have been given to all, from haughty rulers to humble parlormaids, and given equally, he would question whether our powerful devices have made the latter any happier or the former wiser than him. It takes an analytic approach, as Freud again rightly notes, to untangle the tele-technological enigma. And it is to our great benefit that this handbook begins the work of doing just that."

- John Panteleimon Manoussakis, Associate Professor of Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross