Hedgehogs at the Gate: A Review of Metaphor and Fields: Common Ground, Common Language and the Future of Psychoanalysis edited by S. Montana Katz. New York, NY: Routledge, 2013. 244 pp.

by John C. Foehl, PhD



Metaphor and Fields, edited by S. Montana Katz, provides a rich and rewarding range of perspectives on the centrality of metaphor and its place in what has come to be known as the analytic field. The engaging and productive difference of these perspectives is compromised by an attempt to develop the intersection of metaphor and field theory as a common ground for psychoanalysis as a whole. The author reviews key themes of the book situated in a view of contemporary psychoanalytic epistemology characterized as an intertextual process where a profound respect for the context of our conceptual tools is joined with a willingness to explore the fertile use of ideas and practices across different thought traditions.

Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 52/3: 434–456, May 2016.

Link to Online Publication (fulltext can also be requested from the library).


About the Author:

Jack Foehl is a BPSI analyst who writes in the intersection of phenomenology and psychoanalysis developing and integrating contemporary perspectives in psychoanalytic theory of technique. His articles describe the nature of experience in the analytic practice with the aim of developing new ways of thinking about psychoanalytic process.


Previous Posts:

Alfred S. Margulies, MD (2016). Avatars of Desire and the Question of Presence: Virtual and Transitional Spaces Meet their Liminal Edge – from Pygmalion to Spike Jonze’s Her, and BeyondInternational Journal of Psychoanalysis, 97/6: 1697–1708.

Lawrence J. Brown, PhD. (2016). The Capacity to Tell a Joke: Reflections from Work with Asperger Children. International Journal of Psychoanalysis. 97/6:1609–1625.

Nancy Chodorow, PhD. Twentieth-Century Psychoanalysis. In The Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalysis in the Social Sciences and Humanities edited by Anthony Elliott and Jeffrey Prager. Routledge 2016, chapter 11, p. 185-205.

Axel Hoffer, MD & Dan Buie, MD. (2016). Helplessness and the Analyst’s War against Feeling it. American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 76/1:1-17.

Fred Busch, PhD. (2016). The Search for Psychic TruthPsychoanalytic Quarterly, 85/2: 339-360.

Daniel Jacobs, MD. (2016). Clinical supervision of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Edited by Jill Savege Scharff. London: Karnac Books, 2014, xvi + 176 pp., $39.95 paperback. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 64/2:431-437.

Judy L. Kantrowitz, PhD (2016). Appreciation of the Importance of the Patient–Analyst “Match”. Psychiatry, 79:1, 23-28.

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