Why Rozitchner’s Freud is so important

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I’m in the new issue of the European Journal of Psychoanalysis with a book review essay on León Rozitchner’s Freud and the Limits of Bourgeois Individualism. I’ll let you read the essay and won’t spoil it too much other than to point out that what I find so important in Rozitchner’s Freud is the method of reading that he brings out in his work, i.e., he makes the most convincing case I have ever encountered that Freud’s social writings constitute a systematic rebuke of bourgeois social science and they open up a new path to understanding collective liberation. This work is also important because it does not fall sway to some of the more libertine politics that we find in a lot of leftwing psychoanalytic work such as Deleuze and Guattari.

Instead of the more common readings of Freud’s social writings as containing a conservative liberal position, Rozitchner overturns this presupposition in startling ways. I’d also recommend that you listen to my conversation on this book with the translator Bruno Bosteels.

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