On the Couch with Freud and Kuhn
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Long ago, I planned to become a psychiatrist. My mother, however, was not happy about this. “Oh, no,” she would say. “They have the highest suicide rate!” So I went into philosophy and history of science. Because of this road-not-taken, I cannot speak as an expert about the many psychiatrists and psychoanalytic texts that Dagmar Herzog treats in this volume. Still, I am attracted to the issues and I admire Herzog’s defense of Freud. Psychiatry is now dominated by other kinds of therapy, and Freud himself has been attacked since the 1980s as a charlatan who founded a secret society, confused research with personal vendettas and rivalries, and ignored the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse (see, for example, Crews et al. 1997; Crews 2017). Everyone loves to hate Freud, it seems, but not Herzog.
I thank K. Brad Wray for strategically editing this essay.
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