Dictatorship, Human Rights, and Psychoanalysis in Derrida's Argentina

Brett Levinson

in Market and Thought

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223848
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235421 | DOI:
Dictatorship, Human Rights, and Psychoanalysis in Derrida's Argentina

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For all the debates concerning deconstruction's viability within Latin America, Derrida's “Geopsychoanalysis … and the Rest of the World”, delivered at a French-Latin American meeting held in Paris, has received scant attention. This might be because the 1980 essay appears as little more than a harsh critique of the International Psychoanalytic Association's (IPA) refusal to condemn the practices of torture deployed by the Argentine junta in the late 1970s. For Derrida, politics is not a matter of reaching the public. Politics, in this context, is a matter of taking responsibility for the publication that the intellectuals put in circulation. The chapter argues that if the IPA had only addressed and deciphered the limit of its constitution and constituency, and understood its exposure to Latin American military persecution, it could have met its political obligation.

Keywords: International Psychoanalytic Association; Derrida; Geopsychoanalysis; human rights; Argentina; psychoanalysis

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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