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Spruiell, V. (1983). Kuhn's "Paradigm" and Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal Q., 52:353-363.

(1983). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 52:353-363

Kuhn's "Paradigm" and Psychoanalysis

Vann Spruiell, M.D.


This paper traces the development of T. S. Kuhn's use of the technical term, "paradigm." It questions its loose usage by psychoanalysts. However, Kuhn's developed and more explicitly defined sense of paradigm can be used by psychoanalysis to gain a perspective from which to examine its own disciplinary structure and function.

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