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Civitarese, G. (2013). Bion's “Evidence” and His Theoretical Style. Psychoanal Q., 82(3):615-633.

(2013). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 82(3):615-633

Bion's “Evidence” and His Theoretical Style

Giuseppe Civitarese

The author discusses “Evidence” (1976), a brief but very intense and fascinating paper in which Bion provides a unique opportunity to see him at work in his clinical practice. In the story of a patient, Bion reconstructs two sessions that are all the more true for being imaginary—i.e., narrated (“dreamed”). The matter of language and style in psychoanalysis is of the utmost importance, according to Bion—one could say, literally, a matter of life or death. In Bion's discourse, writing, reading, and analysis converge in the same place, the author notes; all are significant if they involve an experience of truth and the ability to learn from experience.

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