File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_2003/bhaskar.0312, message 251

Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 10:08:42 -0600
Subject: Re: BHA: Voloshinov etc

Tobin Nellhaus wrote:
> "Steve" has misread me, since I didn't say I oppose anti-psychoanalysis,
> only Lacan, whose ideas (last I heard) are not the only theories of
> psychoanalysis.  There was, for example, Freud.  Of course, "Steve" could
> still be correct, but he has no way to know whether he is or isn't.

For the most part, it seems to me that the last holdout for
psychoanalysis is in humanities departments. It has (quite rightly) been
expelled from most medical schools. The evidence against it accumulated
by Frederick Crews seems pretty decisive.

Freud (and his followers) treat both dreams and "everyday" life as
though they were literary constructs; the whole of this pseudo-science,
then, is a form of literary criticism, not of psychology or psychiatry,
which is probably why so many lit students still cling to it despite all
evidence to the contrary.


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