In Intimacies, Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips argue for our complicity against what perhaps most people think of as gratifying forms of affection. What Bersani in. intimacies – LEO BERSANI & ADAM PHILLIPS. “Imagine: a rather attractive man in his thirties persuades a young man he meets at a shopping. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Intimacies / Leo Bersani & Adam Phillips | Review: “Two gifted and highly prolific intellectuals, Leo Bersani and Adam.

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Two gifted and highly prolific intellectuals, Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips, here present a fascinating dialogue about the problems and possibilities of human intimacy. Their conversation takes as its point of departure psychoanalysis and its central importance to the modern imagination—though equally important is their shared sense that by misleading us about the importan Two gifted and highly prolific intellectuals, Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips, berzani present a fascinating dialogue about the problems and possibilities of human intimacy.

Their conversation takes as its point of departure psychoanalysis and its central importance to the bersxni imagination—though equally important is their shared sense intimacjes by misleading us about the importance of self-knowledge and the danger of narcissism, psychoanalysis has failed to realize its most exciting and innovative relational potential.

In pursuit of new forms of intimacy they take up a range of concerns across a variety of contexts. A discussion of the radical practice of barebacking—unprotected anal sex between gay men—delineates an intimacy that rejects the personal.

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This revolutionary way of relating to the world, intimwcies contend, could lead to a new human freedom by mitigating the horrifying violence we blithely accept as part of human nature. Charmingly persuasive and daringly provocative, Intimacies is a rare opportunity to listen in on two brilliant thinkers as they explore new ways of thinking about the human psyche.

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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Aug 22, David rated it really liked it Shelves: Just when I thought I was getting out of psychoanalysis.

Nov 12, Milo rated it liked it Shelves: While I enjoy the writing of both authors, the layout and flow of ideas in this book seem scattered. Part of this feeling of scattered flow comes from the arrangement of the book as a broader conversation, with each chapter, a long soliloquy.

This is part of the difficulty; many chapters sides of the conversation begin strongly in one direction but quickly diverge and begin to range widely. Rarely does the initial impetus for the discussion tie in neatly with where the chapter side of the conversation ends. While this format is much like a real-life conversation, where neither partner may have a long-term plan for argumentation or, if they do, can not enact itin book form, much is lost.

The arc of the conversation is often difficult to follow, and oblique references are often made which then lead the conversation in a seemingly random direction.

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He also taught at Wellesley College and Rutgers University.

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