Book Review of Una visión binocular: Psicoanálisis y filosofía (A Binocular Vision: Psychoanalysis and Philosophy). Bárbara Bettocchi & Raúl Fatule. LimaFondo Editorial de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú2014, 265 pp.


Rodrigo Barahona, PsyaD


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The intention of Bárbara Bettocchi and Raúl Fatule, the editors of A Binocular Vision: Psychoanalysis and Philosophy, is to articulate points of connection between these two disciplines, both of which, while maintaining a narrow and often problematic relationship, study the nature of human consciousness and unconsciousness, fantasy and reality. While this would seem an ambitious goal for anything less than a work of several volumes, the editors might have pulled off something even better in this slim volume: an unpretentious and concise series of chapters, two or three to a section, offering glimpses into how certain psychoanalytic constructions are viewed through the binocular vision of deeply curious and philosophically minded analysts.

The contributors are mainly psychoanalysts, including one candidate with some specialization in philosophical studies, and three professors of philosophy. All are Latin Americans and members of psychoanalytic societies or university faculties in Peru, Argentina, or Europe.<…>

Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 66/2: 386-392, April 2018.

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About the Author:

Rodrigo Barahona, PsyaD, is a faculty member at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, a board member of the Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies, and a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association. He is also a committee member on the IPA/IPSO Relations Committee Committee and an associate board member of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. He has a private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. Dr. Barahona regularly reviews Latin American psychoanalytic literature. Click here to check out his other recently published reviews.



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