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Bing, J.F. (1981). The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VI, 1978: Psychoanalysis, Physics, and the Mind-Body Problem. Stephen Toulmin, with discussion by Paul Ricoeur and Don R. Swanson. Pp. 315-351.. Psychoanal Q., 50:454.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VI, 1978: Psychoanalysis, Physics, and the Mind-Body Problem. Stephen Toulmin, with discussion by Paul Ricoeur and Don R. Swanson. Pp. 315-351.

(1981). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 50:454

The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VI, 1978: Psychoanalysis, Physics, and the Mind-Body Problem. Stephen Toulmin, with discussion by Paul Ricoeur and Don R. Swanson. Pp. 315-351.

James F. Bing

These extremely rich articles need careful reading to do justice to the authors' scholarly productions. Psychoanalytic metapsychology has pursued an erratic course as a result of external changes which are a reflection of the larger changes in twentieth-century science. Through an understanding of this relatively simple observation, the author suggests, it is quite possible to harmonize psychology and physics, "within a new and more comprehensive natural philosophy or scientific 'world-picture.'" Thus the mind-body dichotomy is seen as a result of the zig-zag path along which both philosophy and science have developed since the seventeenth century, and it is not in any way related to the development of clinical psychoanalysis. The author believes that we have now amassed enough data to bridge what was at one time an irreconcilable dichotomy. Ricoeur acknowledges the significance of Toulmin's work but questions whether we are really able at this time to resolve the mind-body problem. Swanson disagrees with Toulmin in that he does not see how mind-body complementarity relates to quantum mechanical complementarity. He feels that while Toulmin's arguments are significant, there is not enough evidence to back them up.

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Bing, J.F. (1981). The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VI, 1978. Psychoanal. Q., 50:454

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