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A confusion of tongues between psychoanalysis and philosophy: is the controversy over drive versus relational theory a philosophical one?
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PMID:  19580595     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In recent years the controversy over Drive versus Relational models of the psyche has become entangled in a philosophical controversy over epistemology. Some have argued that the Drive model was a relic of an age of positivistic science, while Relational models are a product of a postmodern condition. This paper argues that the controversy need not be a philosophical one, and that Relational views are not, in fact, a product of postmodernism, nor are they necessarily dependent on a postmodern epistemology. Separating the epistemological from the psychological more carefully may help return the debate to its proper, psychoanalytic domain, and perhaps contribute to a more fruitful dialogue across what, at times, seems like an abyss between Relational views and Drive theory.
Gadi Taub
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of psycho-analysis     Volume:  90     ISSN:  0020-7578     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Psychoanal     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-07     Completed Date:  2009-08-03     Revised Date:  2010-05-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985179R     Medline TA:  Int J Psychoanal     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  507-27     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Communications, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Ethical Relativism
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Psychoanalytic Theory*
Psychoanalytic Therapy
Comment In:
Int J Psychoanal. 2010 Feb;91(1):199-200; author reply 200-1   [PMID:  20433482 ]

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