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Roiphe, J. (1996). Letter. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 77:1239-1241.

(1996). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 77:1239-1241


Jean Roiphe

Dear Sir,

Perhaps the Tower of Babel looms even larger than I might have imagined. I am perplexed by the degree to which R. Steiner feels I have misrepresented his fascinating paper, ‘“The Tower of Babel” or “After Babel in contemporary psychoanalysis”?’ (1994a), in the few instances where I have represented it at all.

Steiner states in his letter that ‘it does not seem to me that the author [meaning myself], on the basis of her observations, has fully understood what I meant, that is, that there is, to my mind, a danger of failing into a religious frame of mind, even in the empirical and scientific approach to psychoanalysis’. But it is precisely for the elaboration of this idea that I reference his paper twice.

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