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Phillips, A. (2002). Preferences and Privileges: Commentary on Paper by Jackie L. Cohen. Psychoanal. Dial., 12(4):621-625.

(2002). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 12(4):621-625

Preferences and Privileges: Commentary on Paper by Jackie L. Cohen Related Papers

Adam Phillips

Somebody asked him how he ever thought of the ending of “2001.” “I don't know,” he said, “how does anybody ever think of anything?”

—Stanley Kubrick

This response questions the heuristic value, not to mention the ironies of subjectivity as a useful psychoanalytic concept (and tool). It intimates that the dilemmas of a child analyst at work are, whatever else they are, a function of the history of child analysis.

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