Monday, November 26, 2007

OK, Mark, now let's work with that ...


Over at Daimnation, Mark C. seems to be enjoying himself putting the boots to psychoanalysis:

Little science, much arts

The postmodern, post-colonial, Freud dude:

A new report by the American Psychoanalytic Association has found that while psychoanalysis — or what purports to be psychoanalysis — is alive and well in literature, film, history and just about every other subject in the humanities, psychology departments and textbooks treat it as “desiccated and dead,” a historical artifact instead of “an ongoing movement and a living, evolving process.”

[...]

Scholars in the liberal arts have tended to use Freud as a springboard to examine issues and ideas never dreamt of in his philosophy — like gender studies, post-colonial studies, French postmodernism, Queer theory and so on.

“American clinical psychoanalysis, and analysis as represented in academe, are at risk to become two ships that pass in the night,” the report said. As an example, the report points to a course on psychoanalysis and colonialism, two terms most clinically based analysts would never have imagined in a single sentence.

“I honestly couldn’t understand what they’re talking about,” said Prudence Gourguechon, the psychoanalytic association’s incoming president, referring to those kinds of courses...


Hey, here's a thought, Mark ... go back and replace every occurrence of "psychoanalysis" with "Christianity". You'll be amazed how well it still reads.

5 comments:

M@ said...

Does he actually think that "Freud" rhymes with "dude"? His post seems to imply it.

I thought even minimally educated people know that Freudian psychoanalysis was long ago dismissed as a useful clinical tool.

Dig The Well Deep said...

Replacing Psych with Christianity actually doesn't work that well.

I tried it, had to juggle some other terms also to make it consistent, and here's what I got:

A new report by the American Faith Association has found that while Christianity — or what purports to be Christianity — is alive and well in literature, film, history and just about every other subject in the humanities, theology departments and textbooks treat it as “desiccated and dead,” a historical artifact instead of “an ongoing movement and a living, evolving process.”

[...]

Scholars in the liberal arts have tended to use faith as a springboard to examine issues and ideas never dreamt of in his philosophy — like gender studies, post-colonial studies, French postmodernism, Queer theory and so on.

“American clinical Christianity, and theology as represented in academe, are at risk to become two ships that pass in the night,” the report said. As an example, the report points to a course on Christianity and colonialism, two terms most clinically based analysts would never have imagined in a single sentence.

“I honestly couldn’t understand what they’re talking about,” said Prudence Gourguechon, the faith association’s incoming president, referring to those kinds of courses...


Noni

counter-coulter said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
counter-coulter said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
counter-coulter said...

M@ said...
Does he actually think that "Freud" rhymes with "dude"?


When someone's understanding of history is derived from extensive viewings of "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" some misunderstandings are inevitable.