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Freud, Sullivan, Mitchell, Bion, and the Multiple Voices of International Psychoanalysis by Marco Conci, International Psychoanalytic Books, New York, 2019, 721 pp.

Freud, Sullivan, Mitchell, Bion, and the Multiple Voices of International Psychoanalysis by Marco... The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2021 2021 Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 0002-9548/21 www.palgrave.com/journals Book Review Freud, Sullivan, Mitchell, Bion, and the Multiple Voices of International Psychoanalysis by Marco Conci, International Psychoanalytic Books, New York, 2019, 721 pp. The political philosopher Isaiah Berlin (1953) uses an age-old metaphor that offers an engaging way of introducing Marco Conci and his most recent book, awarded the American Board & Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize in 2020. Berlin refers to a distinction between styles of thinking drawn from a quote of the early Greek poet Archilochus: ‘‘The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing’’ (p. 1). Whereas the fox sees multiplicity and paradox at every turn, the hedgehog integrates a multitude of ideas into a single principle, an unending pursuit of a general theory that the fox inevitably upends. This question of monism vs. pluralism has been thematic in psychoanalysis since its beginning. As our first great hedgehog systematizer, Freud integrated a theory of mind and culture, a method of research, and a mode of treatment under a general theoretical frame. He identified several shibboleths, crucial theoretical tenants for determining inclusion or exclusion, to cull numerous competing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Psychoanalysis Springer Journals

Freud, Sullivan, Mitchell, Bion, and the Multiple Voices of International Psychoanalysis by Marco Conci, International Psychoanalytic Books, New York, 2019, 721 pp.

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The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2021 2021 Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 0002-9548/21 www.palgrave.com/journals Book Review Freud, Sullivan, Mitchell, Bion, and the Multiple Voices of International Psychoanalysis by Marco Conci, International Psychoanalytic Books, New York, 2019, 721 pp. The political philosopher Isaiah Berlin (1953) uses an age-old metaphor that offers an engaging way of introducing Marco Conci and his most recent book, awarded the American Board & Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize in 2020. Berlin refers to a distinction between styles of thinking drawn from a quote of the early Greek poet Archilochus: ‘‘The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing’’ (p. 1). Whereas the fox sees multiplicity and paradox at every turn, the hedgehog integrates a multitude of ideas into a single principle, an unending pursuit of a general theory that the fox inevitably upends. This question of monism vs. pluralism has been thematic in psychoanalysis since its beginning. As our first great hedgehog systematizer, Freud integrated a theory of mind and culture, a method of research, and a mode of treatment under a general theoretical frame. He identified several shibboleths, crucial theoretical tenants for determining inclusion or exclusion, to cull numerous competing

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Published: Oct 21, 2021

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