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Ehrlich, R. (2005). Loewald's Approach to Psychoanalytic Theory. Psychoanal Q., 74(3):801-834.

(2005). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 74(3):801-834

Loewald's Approach to Psychoanalytic Theory

Robert Ehrlich, Ph.D.

The author suggests that part of the legacy of Hans Loewald is the nature of his approach to psychoanalytic theory. Loewald carefully considered and selectively utilized the work of theorists from a number of psychoanalytic schools of thought: id psychology, object relations theory, ego psychology, self psychology, and the interpersonal tradition. In addition, he helped pave the way for the current widespread interest in intersubjectivity, and also positioned himself in relation to those who embraced hermeneutics. Through all of this, he maintained a skeptical attitude, embodied in his belief in the complexity of the phenomena to be explored and his commitment to the perspective that psychoanalytic ideas should be open to revision.

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