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Klugman, D. (2003). The Figuration of Reality: Psychoanalysis, Animism, and the “Pathetic Fallacy”. Psychoanal. Psychol., 20(4):660-676.

(2003). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 20(4):660-676

The Figuration of Reality: Psychoanalysis, Animism, and the “Pathetic Fallacy”

David Klugman, CSW

The author explores the concept of the pathetic fallacy as it relates to animism and psychoanalysis. First J. Ruskin's (1856/1902) seminal concept is reviewed in light of Freud's general regard for animism, both of which are situated relatively and subordinately to the natural science paradigm. After this, the author looks at the pathetic fallacy through the lens of a contrasting, Romantic epistemology. A reconsideration of the concept of projection illuminates some differences between the 2 traditions and is used to clarify the author's argument that the concept of figuration may more accurately reflect the action of transformation in psychoanalysis. A clinical vignette illustrates the ideas presented.

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