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Friedman, L. (1984). Lover's Quarrel or Incompatibility?. Contemp. Psychoanal., 20:252-256.

(1984). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 20:252-256

Lover's Quarrel or Incompatibility?

Lawrence Friedman, M.D.

DR. DYRUD HAS CAPTIVATED US with a fascinating story, and made it an object lesson in how thinkers arrive at their positions. He has greatly enriched our understanding of the motives and social forces behind theories. But has he correctly identified the issues at stake in this example?

He considers this a quarrel between rigidity, biology, mechanism, and authority, in one corner, and freshness, humanism, freewill, and independence, in the other.

Has he awarded the prizes fairly? About that I have some doubt, and you will have some doubt about my doubt when you learn that I not only pronounce the French "re" far worse than Dr. Dyrud, but, shamefully, I have not even read Sartre.

I propose to fashion out of sheer prejudice, a slightly different version of the quarrel, hopefully preserving Dr. Dyrud's appreciation of Sartre, without his advocacy.

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