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The Idea of the Past : History, Science, and Practice in American Psychoanalysis - Leonard J. Lamm

The Idea of the Past

History, Science, and Practice in American Psychoanalysis

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Combines a clinician's shrewd understanding of the realities of psychotherapy and a scholar's pleasure in tracing the intricacies of psychoanalytic theories of explanation. In his conversational and witty style, the philosophy of social science comes to life. -Donald J. Cohen, M.D., Director, Yale Child Study Center, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology, Yale University. The advancement of psychoanalysis in America has reached an impasse. Scientists are pitted against hermeneuticists, theorists against practitioners, and narrative truth against historical truth, reflecting and refracting the role of the past in theory and therapy through a host of competing approaches. Leonard Lamm argues against the impossible task of unifying psychoanalysis into a homogenous discourse, proposing instead the acceptance of a pluralist model in which different modes of discourse are applicable and appropriate in different circumstances. This innovative work sets out to unravel the opaque idea of the psychoanalytic past as expressed in countless theoretical voices, from object relations to Lacanianism to ego psychology. Dr. Lamm redraws the map of American psychoanalytic argument and takes a fresh look at current debates on narrative truth, metapsychology, and the role of the past in psychoanalysis. A thoughtful model emerges in which historical, scientific, and practical discourses and constructions of the past do not compose a hierarchy in psychoanalytic understanding. Instead, they are voices in a conversation in which they may differ without disagreeing.

Combines a clinician's shrewd understanding of the realities of psychotherapy and a scholar's pleasure in tracing the intricacies of psychoanalytic theories of explanation. In his conversational and witty style, the philosophy of social science comes to life."

-Donald J. Cohen, M.D., Director, Yale Child Study Center, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology, Yale University

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Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
The Pluralist Proposal
Introduction: Method, Context, and Approachp. 3
An Overview: Conceptualizing the Psychoanalytic Pastp. 38
History, Science, and the Plurality of Pastsp. 64
Pluralism in Theory and Practice
The Historical Construction of the Psychoanalytic Pastp. 105
The Scientific Construction of the Psychoanalytic Pastp. 178
Pluralism in Psychoanalysis: A Recapitulationp. 253
Referencesp. 273
Name Indexp. 289
Subject Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9780814751398
ISBN-10: 0814751393
Series: Psychoanalytic Crosscurrents
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 1st August 1997
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 14.96  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.45