Le citoyen biologique: La neuropsychiatrie et l'inconscient

Christopher Lane*

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Brain science, this paper argues, has become the latest fetish of American scientism and behavorism. It claims to explain everything from how we decide to how we create, using facile platitudes about the brain to account for formidably complex psychological states. Among its many effects, such thinking views mental pathology largely as a set of biological disorders. While neuropsychiatry in practice can explain just 3 percent of mental pathology, its thinking increasingly shapes American psychiatry, where "biomarkers" define behavior and suffering as neurochemical, and psychiatrists frequently aim to treat both pharmacologically.

Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)143-157
Number of pages15
JournalFigures de la Psychanalyse
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013


  • Behaviorism
  • Biological determinism
  • Brain science
  • Chemical theories of pathology
  • Jacques lacan
  • Neuromania
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Physicalism
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Sigmund freud

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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