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Osservazioni sulla storia (della psicoanalisi). Contributi di Michele Ranchetti in "Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane"
Author/s: Michele Ranchetti 
Year:  2008 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  6 Pg. 7-12 FullText PDF:  110 KB

The complex relationship between the history of psychoanalysis and the very identity of psychoanalysis is examined. Among others, the following topics are reviewed: Can psychoanalysis be considered a limited and unitary body of knowledge; Its possible definition, especially vis-à-vis other disciplines; Does a specific psychoanalytic invention exist; The problem of dissident movements; Psychoanalysis as a science within other sciences, as a history within all possible histories of sciences; Psychoanalysis as a natural science and its relation with history as a discipline; Psychoanalysis as interpretation of history; Psychoanalysis as a great anti-ethics; The objects of psychoanalysis; The relationship between reality and memory of reality; The influence of psychoanalysis on history. (This paper already appeared in Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane, 1986, XX, 3: 75-79, and is reprinted in memory of the author, who died on February 2, 2008). [KEY WORDS: history and psychoanalysis, science and psychoanalysis, interpretation of history, relationship between psychoanalysis and other disciplines, identity of psychoanalysis]

Michele Ranchetti, in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 1/2008, pp. 7-12, DOI:


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