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Aron, L. (2004). On: Hans Loewald: A radical conservative. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 85(2):530-532.

(2004). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 85(2):530-532

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Lewis Aron

Dear Sirs,

Joel Whitebook (2004) has provided a rich and scholarly exegesis of Hans Loewald's contributions, rightfully situating Loewald at the center of current debates within psychoanalysis. It was because I found myself largely in agreement with Whitebook's analysis that I was astounded and dismayed by his serious misreading of my own work. Whitebook suggests that in Aron (1996), I exploit the postmodern critique of foundationalism for the purpose of building a psychoanalytic movement, and that I assume that, since there are no ultimate criteria for choosing between conceptual schemes, we need not be concerned with truth or validity. According to Whitebook, I therefore advocate choosing between theoretical models on the basis of practical and political consequences.

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