Law as Trauma & Repetition


This article is about trauma, repetition and transference. Wherever there are lions and cages, there is history and conflict. Wherever there is history and conflict, however, there is everything needed for the bringing into being of a transference relationship. In the transference, one repeats a prior relationship through a new one. The transference relationship is a neurotic relationship. This is true in psychoanalysis and in jurisprudence. In the former, the neurosis is contained by the analytic situation; in the latter, it is contained by the juridical situation.

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