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“Object ” in psychoanalysis change

Volume chapter author (s): Imbasciati A.
Publisher: Teda Edizioni, Castrovillari-Bologna, 1993

In outlining a historical analysis of the psychoanalytic concept of “object”, the author highlights the radical change of current psychoanalysis compared to Freudian approach. A distinction is particularly made between discoveries and theories: the latter are not truth, but only conceptual tools for a scientific understanding of humans; which means they require continuous adjustment. Psychoanalysis is not Freud’s theory but a method, founded by Freud and subsequently developed by others, upon which a science can be founded.