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Levenson, E.A. (1990). Reply to Hoffman. Contemp. Psychoanal., 26:299-304.

(1990). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 26:299-304

Reply to Hoffman Related Papers

Edgar A. Levenson, M.D.

THERE IS AN OLD RUSSIAN proverb about a housewife who accuses her neighbor of stealing her cooking pot. "It's not so!" the neighbor responds indignantly, "In the first place I didn't steal your pot. And in the second place it had a hole in it!" In the first place I'm not a "perspectivist" and have no desire to "belong to the perspectivist camp"; and in the second place there is a hole in Hoffman's vision of perspectivism.

I do not know that perspectivism, constructionism, hermeneuticism and relativism are inevitably synonomous (Eagle, p. 165). One might be perspectivist, in the sense of accumulating as many different vantage points on a clinical observation as possible. One


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