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Opatow, B. (1994). Conscious and Unconscious. Freud's Dynamic Distinction Reconsidered: By Patricia S. Herzog, Ph.D. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, Inc., 1991. 117 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 63:158-161.

(1994). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 63:158-161

Conscious and Unconscious. Freud's Dynamic Distinction Reconsidered: By Patricia S. Herzog, Ph.D. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, Inc., 1991. 117 pp.

Review by:
Barry Opatow

This monograph makes manifest both the considerable strengths and the weaknesses of its premise: "that a dissertation on Freud could indeed be philosophy" (p. ix). Under the direction of the eminent logician, Hilary Putnam, Herzog carries through a trenchant and compelling conceptual analysis of Freud's metapsychology. I enjoyed it as an intellectual tour de force—a high-wire act that is best at surveying the fault lines in the groundwork of basic psychoanalytic theory.

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