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Bazzi, D. (2018). On the origins of the field theory: From the Lewinian epistemology of the 1920’s to the field theory of the Río de la Plata authors of the 1950s - moving from Politzer’s first metapsychological criticism to that of Ferro and Civitarese.. IJP Open, 5:47.

(2018). IJP Open, 5:47

On the origins of the field theory: From the Lewinian epistemology of the 1920’s to the field theory of the Río de la Plata authors of the 1950s - moving from Politzer’s first metapsychological criticism to that of Ferro and Civitarese.

Danielle Bazzi

Today in the Italian city of Pavia, a group of psychoanalysts works according to field theory. In this paper I would like to show that a line of thought from the beginnings of field theory in physics, philosophy and psychology leads to the “Pavia School’s” conception of the field and principally to that of Antonino Ferro and Giuseppe Civitarese. The assumption of a continuous dynamic and a direct relationship between all parts of the field is fundamental for the conception of the analytical field. These parts have a field-dependent identity and are different in sum than when the parts are taken on their own. To trace the evolution of field-theoretical psychoanalysis, I describe the epistemological context in which Kurt Lewin developed field theory. I will add selected theoretical elements from works by Georges Politzer and José Bleger.

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