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Crowley, R.M. (1984). Discussion. Contemp. Psychoanal., 20:33-36.

(1984). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 20:33-36


Ralph M. Crowley, M.D.

DR. MOORE'S SEMINAL ARTICLE is essentially based on careful rereading and reexamination of what P. W. Bridgman actually wrote about operational theory, upon which Sullivan based his interpersonal theory of psychiatry. In so doing, Moore shows that Bridgman believed science was fundamentally in the private mode of experience and not in the public mode as Sullivan maintained.

Moore is surprised that Sullivan and his many commentators (of which I have been one) overlooked Bridgman's clear statement that an important part of science is private. This statement occurs in the first paragraph of the very article by Bridgman which Sullivan quotes. With regard to myself, the explanation is simple. I did not read Bridgman as Moore has. I read and heard only Sullivan on Bridgman. As to Sullivan, Moore gives the possible explanation that Sullivan was speaking of science as subject matter, while Bridgman focused on the scientist as doer.


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