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Gonchar, J. (1993). Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought. XIV, 1991: Hermeneutics in Psychoanalysis: Review and Reconsideration. James Phillips. Pp. 371-424.. Psychoanal Q., 62:510-511.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought. XIV, 1991: Hermeneutics in Psychoanalysis: Review and Reconsideration. James Phillips. Pp. 371-424.

(1993). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 62:510-511

Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought. XIV, 1991: Hermeneutics in Psychoanalysis: Review and Reconsideration. James Phillips. Pp. 371-424.

Joel Gonchar

The author has written a survey article of the status of the hermeneutic approach in psychoanalytic thought. His central thesis is that there are now two hermeneutic approaches which he calls Hermeneutics/1 and Hermeneutics/2. The first approach, which represents a re-evaluation of the original formulation, is based on Kuhn's work in the philosophy of science. The second approach results from the proliferation of new psychoanalytic schools, and is a way of dealing with incommensurable and conflicting psychoanalytic models of the mind. The author describes the current usage of hermeneutics: the psychoanalyst is seen as always interpreting according to a particular narrative or strategy, and the analysand's story is retold as a psychoanalytic story with a narrative structure of its own. Recounting the historical development of hermeneutics, Phillips also considers Freud's work in the hermeneutic tradition,

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particularly the topographic model which involves a translation of unconscious repressed ideas organized according to the primary process, into conscious ones organized according to the secondary process. He discusses George Klein's attempt to distinguish clinical theory, which involves meaning, from metapsychology, which does not, and is a mechanistic model of mental functioning. The philosophical hermeneuticians are surveyed; their view of psychoanalysis as part hermeneutics and part natural science is outlined. After describing the Kuhnian reformulation of hermeneutics, Phillips synthesizes both versions of this term and demonstrates how Hermeneutics/1 leads to Hermeneutics/2.

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Article Citation

Gonchar, J. (1993). Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought. XIV, 1991. Psychoanal. Q., 62:510-511

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