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Lothane, Z. (2007). Response to Professor Adolf Grünbaum. Psychoanal. Psychol., 24(3):577-585.

(2007). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 24(3):577-585

Response to Professor Adolf Grünbaum Related Papers

Zvi Lothane, M.D.

The present is a response to Adolf Grünbaum's outrage (2007) at my article and others. Grünbaum challenged my articles with a mixture of ad hominem and ad rem arguments claiming that I misrepresented his ideas about Freud and psychoanalysis. In this response, I propose to disentangle these two classes of arguments and point out factual, textual, methodological, and theoretical errors in Grünbaum's various arguments. I review a number of Freud's passages from his seminal contributions to psychoanalytic method: Studies on Hysteria and The Interpretation of Dreams, and other writings to show that Freud himself did not make explicit another cardinal distinction: that between what he operationally formulated as the psychoanalytic method, procedure, or technique versus the various etiological theories of psychological, that is, emotional disorders. Neither was this distinction honored by Grünbaum, and that is his cardinal error.

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