Unconscious Incarnations considers the status of the body in psychoanalytic theory and practice, bringing Freud and Lacan into conversation with continental philosophy to explore the heterogeneity of embodied life. By doing so, the body is no longer merely an object of scientific inquiry but also a lived body, a source of excessive intuition and affectivity, and a raw animality distinct from mere materiality.

The contributors to this volume consist of philosophers, psychoanalytic scholars, and practitioners whose interdisciplinary explorations reformulate traditional psychoanalytic concepts such as trauma, healing, desire, subjectivity, and the unconscious. Collectively, they build toward the conclusion that phenomenologies of embodiment move psychoanalytic theory and practice away from representationalist models and toward an incarnational approach to psychic life. Under such a carnal horizon, trauma manifests as wounds and scars, therapy as touch, subjectivity as bodily boundedness, and the unconscious ‘real’ as an excessive remainder of flesh.

Unconscious incarnations signal events where the unsignifiable appears among signifiers, the invisible within the visible, and absence within presence. In sum: where the flesh becomes word and the word retains its flesh.

Unconscious Incarnations seeks to evoke this incarnational approach in order to break through tacit taboos toward the body in psychology and psychoanalysis. This interdisciplinary work will appeal greatly to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists as well as philosophy scholars and clinical psychologists.

chapter |20 pages


Real flesh, imaginary bodies— phenomenology and Lacan on embodiment
ByBrian W. Becker, John Panteleimon Manoussakis

chapter 1|22 pages

The hermeneutics of wounds

ByRichard Kearney

chapter 2|7 pages

Encountering the psychoanalyst’s suffering

Discussion of Kearney’s “The hermeneutics of wounds”
ByElizabeth A. Corpt

chapter 3|16 pages

The place of das Ding

Psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and religion
ByJohn Panteleimon Manoussakis

chapter 4|10 pages

The cost of das Ding

A response to Manoussakis’ “The place of das Ding”
ByBrian W. Becker

chapter 5|18 pages

The real of ethics

On a widespread misconception
ByMarc De Kesel

chapter 6|19 pages

The ethics of the real

A response to De Kesel
ByMari Ruti

chapter 7|28 pages

Lacan and the psychological

ByDerek Hook

chapter 8|20 pages

(Ab)normality as spectrum

Merleau-Ponty, post-Kleinians, and Lacan on autism
ByYue Jennifer Wang