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Burying Freud

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In response to Frederick Crews posting "Science":

God! How "scientifically" is Foucault hereby dished! And I'm not clear whether the urge to dodge "methodological criticism" relates more to pseudoscience or to those folks labelled "heretics" attempting to avoid persecution. Given that the prioritization of "science" runs typically parallel to the threat of an enemy, perhaps practitioners of Crews' "methodology" should be required to study Klein, Bion et al.as a requirement for obtaining licensure. Just in case.

The issue isn't methodology -- it is tyranny. Contemporary psychoanalysis has largely abandoned the hegemony of positivist objectivity -- it's already free. I wish Crews and his ilk would explain their motivation in this suddenly urgent attack on Freud and psychoanalysis, -- do they feel betrayed? -- if only to establish their understanding of the mindset they persist in trashing, and what aspect they find so objectionable. What brought it up? Why now? I would be relieved to discover that this is more than the "intellectual" emergence of the obsession with hate-objects so egregiously disrupting the general public discourse.

Jonathan Ames
13th May, 1996.


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Burying Freud

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In response to Frederick Crews posting "Science":

God! How "scientifically" is Foucault hereby dished! And I'm not clear whether the urge to dodge "methodological criticism" relates more to pseudoscience or to those folks labelled "heretics" attempting to avoid persecution. Given that the prioritization of "science" runs typically parallel to the threat of an enemy, perhaps practitioners of Crews' "methodology" should be required to study Klein, Bion et al.as a requirement for obtaining licensure. Just in case.

The issue isn't methodology -- it is tyranny. Contemporary psychoanalysis has largely abandoned the hegemony of positivist objectivity -- it's already free. I wish Crews and his ilk would explain their motivation in this suddenly urgent attack on Freud and psychoanalysis, -- do they feel betrayed? -- if only to establish their understanding of the mindset they persist in trashing, and what aspect they find so objectionable. What brought it up? Why now? I would be relieved to discover that this is more than the "intellectual" emergence of the obsession with hate-objects so egregiously disrupting the general public discourse.

Jonathan Ames
13th May, 1996.


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