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Lichtenberg, J.D. (1981). Editor's Note. Psychoanal. Inq., 1(2):162.

(1981). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 1(2):162

Editor's Note Related Papers

Joseph D. Lichtenberg, M.D.

This issue devoted to commentaries on John Gedo's Beyond Interpretation introduces a format that will be used from time to time by Psychoanalytic Inquiry. When a book is published that we believe has the depth, quality, and innovativeness of conception to stimulate its readers to reconsider an important clinical or theoretical area in the light of the findings reported, we will invite a group of essayists to contribute responsive commentaries. Each essayist is urged to give full rein to his or her creativeness, taking up any aspect of the book with which he agrees or disagrees, which he wishes to augment or propose alternatives to. Our editors will attempt to orient the reader to what is to come in a brief prologue.

We believe that a book represents more than the ideas it contains. As the work of an individual, it also represents the synthesis of the extensive conceptual development that has preceded it. In all likelihood it is also a launching point for the author's further contributions. We will attempt to provide the reader with an appreciation of this more personal side of the book by inviting a colleague familiar with the author to prepare a biographical sketch of his conceptual development. Further, we will bring the author to our readers by inviting him to respond to all of the commentaries. In this way we hope to contribute to the reader's appreciation of the ongoing development of his ideas.

We see Beyond Interpretation as offering a seasoned and detailed proposal. The essayists have been chosen for their well-established competence and differences in background from the author and from each other. The final stage in this ongoing creative process is the author's chance to state his position and any changes he would make in it in response to the reception his ideas have received. To further for the reader a sense of where we have arrived in this creative journey, we will attempt in an epilogue to indicate areas for future inquiry that we believe to be explicitly or implicitly suggested by the essays and by the author's response.

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