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Merendino, R.P. (1992). The Theoretical Text: Its Functions in the Process of Formation and Transmission of Psychoanalytical Knowledge—Some Reflections on Freud's Essay 'Negation'. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 19:23-34.

(1992). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 19:23-34

The Theoretical Text: Its Functions in the Process of Formation and Transmission of Psychoanalytical Knowledge—Some Reflections on Freud's Essay 'Negation'

Rosario Pius Merendino

SUMMARY

The author reflects on the epistemological functions of theoretical texts in psychoanalysis. He draws the conclusions that the theoretical text is to be considered as a linguistic product of thought's creativity aiming to transmit the sense constructions concerning mental or somatic events; has to identify the unconscious roots of, and to ascribe the symbolic significance to, the observed and chosen phenomena through the invention of a clinical-conceptual vocabulary and the construction of a logical discourse; exposes the ways and the processes through which thinking gives a sense to emotional experiences, produces presentations of them, affectually invests perceptions and builds knowledge; sets out from the study of individual cases, but it goes beyond them trying to discover their common stable elements; does not intend to arrange cognitions in a system of objective truths; explains the deformations of symbols through various stages of analysis.

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