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Foehl, J. (2017). Dialectical Asymmetry: Commentary on an Article by Peter Shabad. Psychoanal. Inq., 37(6):375-379.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 37(6):375-379


Dialectical Asymmetry: Commentary on an Article by Peter Shabad

John C. Foehl, Ph.D.

In this article, I explore the radical asymmetry set forth in the ethical turn, but suggest that Shabad develops a more refined notion of asymmetry grounded in the dialectics of giving and receiving. He develops what I call dialectical asymmetry where the reciprocity of human exchange offers an ethical demand for both analyst and patient. I suggest a productive comparison between Shabad’s perspective and the double asymmetry of the ethical seduction developed in the French tradition.

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