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Zepf, S., Hartmann, S., Zepf, F.D. (2007). Constructivism in Psychoanalysis. Canadian J. Psychoanal., 15:3-21.

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(2007). Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 15(1):3-21

Constructivism in Psychoanalysis

Siegfried Zepf, Sebastian Hartmann and Florian D. Zepf

The authors maintain that constructivism is a reappearance of the kind of subjective idealism proposed by Berkeley, and that in consequence of this, anthropology loses its historical context, individuals appear to have no memory, cannot learn from objects they are dealing with, and the concept of truth becomes devoid of its meaning. Constructivism is shown to be a highly problematical issue, particularly in psychoanalysis where patient and analyst are conceived as being wedded to a constantly unfolding present, resulting in the reversal of the central psychoanalytic paradigm—the past defines the present.

Les auteurs soutiennent que le constructivisme est une réémergence du type d'idéalisme subjectif proposé par Berkeley et qu'en conséquence, l'anthropologie perd son contexte historique; les individus semblent dénués de mémoire, ils ne peuvent tirer des enseignements des objets avec lesquels ils sont en relation et le concept de vérité perd son sens. Le constructivisme est présenté comme extrêmement problématique surtout en psychanalyse oò le patient et l'analyste sont conçus comme étant unis à un présent qui se déroule en permanence, conduisant à l'inversion du paradigme fondamental de la psychanalyse selon lequel c'est le passé qui définit le présent.

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