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Carveth, D.L. (2007). Tête-à-Tête: imone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre Hazel Rowley New York: Harper Collins, 2005, 416 pp. Canadian J. Psychoanal., 15:362-368.

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(2007). Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 15(2):362-368

Tête-à-Tête: imone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre Hazel Rowley New York: Harper Collins, 2005, 416 pp

Review by:
Donald L. Carveth

It is all too easy for psychoanalysts to write reductionistic and patholo-gizing applied psychoanalytic studies of artists and philosophers—overlooking or downplaying their genius (out of envy perhaps?)—and focusing on their psychological conflicts, character distortions, regressions, infan-tilisms, pathologies, and perversities. It was the proclivity of members of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society to engage on Saturday evenings in this enterprise—Freud's Leonardo being a case in point—that caused the critic and satirist Karl Kraus to set aside his initially favourable attitude toward psychoanalysis and conclude, “Nerve-doctors who pathologize genius ought to have their heads bashed in with the collected works of the genius” (Kraus in Szasz, 1976, p. 113).

In response to Atwood's (1994) essay, “The Pursuit of Being in the Life and Thought of Jean-Paul Sartre,” I wrote, “As a typical ‘pathography’

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