No Lost Certainties to Be Recovered

No Lost Certainties to Be Recovered

No Lost Certainties to Be Recovered

No Lost Certainties to Be Recovered

Synopsis

A fitting end-of-century celebration of the true virtues of the psychoanalytic passion. An important new book which addresses a wide range of psychoanalytic subjects.

Excerpt

G regorio Kohon is fully aware of the perilous character of the psychoanalytic enterprise at this end of the Freudian century. In 1986 he put his finger on it, very precisely and without shirking the consequences:

The revolution provoked by psychoanalysis has to do with the way in which it turned our own relationship to knowledge upside down, by revealing our own libidinal involvement with knowledge. Given the proliferation of other psychotherapies, the variety of trainings now offered in the market, and the watering-down of psychoanalytic findings,...we are ironically back to the early days of the psychoanalytic pioneers...we are again in a position of having to show real courage to believe in psychoanalysis. [ Kohon, 1986b, p. 78 ]

Now, it is for an outsider of a liminal sort like myself to recognize how well placed Kohon is to display not only that courage but also the intelligence, sympathy, and creative response to uncertainty that this new book demonstrates. If psychoanalysis was . . .

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