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Costis, A. (2005). Tra il sapere e la cura. Un itinerario freudiano [Between knowledge and treatment. A Freudian journey] by Francesco Conrotto Milan: Angeli. 2000. 218 pp.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 86(3):922-926.

(2005). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 86(3):922-926

Tra il sapere e la cura. Un itinerario freudiano [Between knowledge and treatment. A Freudian journey] by Francesco Conrotto Milan: Angeli. 2000. 218 pp.

Review by:
Angelique Costis

Conrotto's journey reappraising and rediscovering Freud's work is complex and profound, enlivened by the central aporia of psychoanalysis regarding the impossibility for knowing the unconscious and the egoic efforts of reason to give it shape. The title seems to allude to the ‘in-between’ land where this journey takes place, between scientific truth and the experience of treatment, objectivity and subjectivity, and the reconstruction, deconstruction and construction of Freudian thought.

Looking to the past, it meticulously examines Freud's works, drafts and letters, retrieving clues about the origin and development of psychoanalytic thought from between the lines and margins. It makes Freud's text ‘work’, favouring a historical/genetic method rather than a structural one, fully recognising its aspects of epistemological discontinuity and connecting it to earlier thinking (from Mesmerism to the medical treatises of the Romantics, from positivism to vitalism, from Fechner to Fliess).

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