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Squverer, A. (2015). Epistemological Controversies in the Analytic Field Elucidated by the Theological Realm. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 96(4):1025-1039.

(2015). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 96(4):1025-1039

Interdisciplinary Studies

Epistemological Controversies in the Analytic Field Elucidated by the Theological Realm Language Translation

Amos Squverer

(Accepted for publication 9 July 2014)

This article proposes to address certain epistemological controversies in psychoanalysis by elucidating them through the religious field. The theological field serves the author as the repressed, which indicates the latent stakes that continue to do work at the heart of these debates. The goal is to show how debates that take place on the epistemological level bring into confrontation different anthropological concepts and discursive traditions that have their roots in religious discourses. The principal hypothesis of the author is that the dissident theories of psychoanalysis can be understood as a return to a pre-monotheistic theological conception or to an idolatrous practice that aims, primarily, to undo castration. This hypothesis will be used to elucidate the debates with two authors: Adler and Rank. The author shows how these theorists, by leaving analytical ground, connect their theories to pre-monotheistic conceptions and highlight conceptual tools that are characteristic to them.

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