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L’apologie du virtuel

Authors
Journal
Annales Médico-psychologiques revue psychiatrique
0003-4487
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
169
Issue
9
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.amp.2011.08.009
Keywords
  • Adolescence
  • Corps
  • Ntic
  • Pharmakon
  • Virtuel
  • Body
  • Nict
  • Virtuality
Disciplines
  • Philosophy

Abstract

Abstract New Information and Communication Technologies (NICT) promote the use of non-tangible virtuality and thus modify the benchmarks concerning the way we relate to the world. Caught between the fears of the technophobics and the hopes of the technophiles, clinicians find themselves confronted with totally novel situations where the lack of a theoretical compass often obliges them to navigate by sight between their tendency to reject such things and their fascination for technoscientific virtuality. In the face of what seemed to us like a transposition of the old, platonic debate concerning the advantages and the inconveniences of writing, we have found it interesting to go back to the responses which were offered in the past by the Greek philosopher and to propose accordingly that clinicians resolve the contradiction of Internet as a poison or a remedy through the pharmakon paradox. Clinical work seems to situate the central stakes of this recourse to NICT, especially during adolescence, in the encounter between the demands of the instinctual body and those virtual worlds in their non-tangible dimension.

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