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Cushman, P. (2017). The Politics of Language: A Discussion of Andrew Samuels’s “The ‘Activist Client’”. Psychoanal. Dial., 27(6):703-711.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 27(6):703-711

The Politics of Language: A Discussion of Andrew Samuels’s “The ‘Activist Client’”

Philip Cushman, Ph.D.

This commentary offers three suggestions or potential additions to Samuels’s fine and important article “The ‘Activist Client’” (this issue). First, it is suggested that hermeneutic theory would set a solid philosophical foundation for his political project, a foundation that could add to the article’s persuasiveness and assist the ability of others to apply his perspective to their own therapeutic practices. Two, certain linguistic terms Samuels uses are discussed as counterproductive to his goals, and alternative terms are suggested. Finally, Gadamer’s argument against the concept of empathy is offered as a supplement to Samuels’s intriguing use of Brecht’s approach.

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