A collection of papers on and about the work of Wilfred Bion and its continuing development. Most were presented at the International Centennial Conference on the work of Bion in Turin in 1997. Contributors include Francesca Bion, Andre Green, James Grotstein, and many others. “How are we to become wise when so much emphasis is placed on cleverness, on building increasingly complex substitutes for thought? Where does wisdom come on a scale measuring success?” So writes Francesca Bion, when considering her husband’s work. A fitting tribute to Bion would be a collection of papers containing passionate attempts at thinking, not substitutes for thought. In this book, concern with psychic life, far from being dead, reaches new places, takes deeper, more nuanced turns. Authors penetrate subtly into our lying ways and soundly appreciate the complexities of our hunger for truth and experience.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Introduction -- Random reflections on Bion: past, present, and future -- Laying low and saying (almost) nothing -- Considerations on some of W. R. Bion's ideas -- The sick syllogism: the fear of dying and the sacrifice of truth -- Searching for Bion: Cogitations, a new “Clinical Diary”? -- Whom was Bion addressing? “Negative capability” and “listening to listening” -- Sexuality as a narrative genre or dialect in the consulting-room: a radical vertex -- The primordial mind and the work of the negative -- Bion's “transformations in ‘O’” and the concept of the “transcendent position” -- Thinking aloud about technique -- A dreamlike vision -- The theoretical and clinical significance of the concept of "common sense" in Bion's work -- The fundamental role of the Grid in Bion's work -- What is thinking— an attempt at an integrated study of W. R. Bion's contributions to the processes of knowing -- The various faces of lies