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DUNKER, Christian Ingo Lenz. Discontent, suffering and symptom: a Lacanian diagnostic re-reading via animist perspectivism. Tempo soc. [online]. 2011, vol.23, n.1, pp.115-136. ISSN 0103-2070.

The objective of this article is to explore the notion of life form as a useful concept for recontextualizing psychoanalytic diagnosis, as inspired by the works of Jacques Lacan, within the framework of the metadiagnosis of modernity developed by social theories, especially those of a critical inclination. To justify the clinical and critical utility of the concept of life form, the text embarks on a re-description of the fundamental oppositions of psychoanalytic diagnosis (lack and excess, production and non-production, determination and indetermination) as derived from the spheres of desire, language and work respectively. This aim in mind, the text proposes a homology between psychoanalytic psychopathology and the notion of Amerindian perspectivism developed by Viveiros de Castro (2002), which assumes a double purpose in this work: (1) to respond to critiques of Lacanian structuralism in psychopathology; and (2) to justify the distinction between symptom, suffering and discontent.

Keywords : Diagnosis; Psychoanalysis; Perspectivism.

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