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Wilson, E., Jr. (1987). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVI, 1982: The Stain and the Miracle. Pierre Sullivan. Pp. 1091-1106.. Psychoanal Q., 56:597-598.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVI, 1982: The Stain and the Miracle. Pierre Sullivan. Pp. 1091-1106.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 56:597-598

Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVI, 1982: The Stain and the Miracle. Pierre Sullivan. Pp. 1091-1106.

Emmett Wilson, Jr.

Sullivan quotes, from the journals of Robert Musil, a pejorative comment equating psychoanalysis with a closed religious system intent upon explaining the world on a few principles. What can have provoked Musil's sarcastic comment? The evidence suggests that it was the Leonardo study that provoked his antipathy to what he saw as a deeply religious strain in psychoanalysis. But according to Sullivan, the study of Leonardo showed the unsuspected richness and openness of psychoanalysis for its future development, in that it undertook the study of a man of genius rather than of the ordinary mortals who come as patients. Sullivan suggests that the fantasied objector in the Leonardo study, who might question the appropriateness of the psychoanalytic approach, is Leonardo himself. And we may well suppose

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that his Leonardo of the study is an internal object of Freud's as well. But to interpret Freud's study in terms of infantile sexuality is to apply to Freud the same procedure that he applied to Leonardo in the essay.

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Wilson, E., Jr. (1987). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVI, 1982. Psychoanal. Q., 56:597-598

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