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Jon Mills, Debating Relational Psychoanalysis: Jon Mills and His Critics

Jon Mills, Debating Relational Psychoanalysis: Jon Mills and His Critics 240 PSYCHOANALYSIS AND HISTORY (2022) 24(2) (Abingdon & New York: Routledge, 2020; 198 pp.); reviewed by Molly Macdonald DOI: 10.3366/pah.2022.0427 Much of the time, in order to understand the twists and turns of a debate in some field or another, particularly one that has been raging over years, a reader has either to have been following along from the beginning, or else to be willing to do some dedicated and wide-ranging reading. In this particular case, Debating Relational Psychoanalysis: Jon Mills and His Critics does this work for us. The collection traces the disputes within an American-grown branch of psychoanalysis that sits roughly under the umbrella of the relational school, although even that designation comes into question. Mills – whose dual training is in clinical psychology and philosophy and who has published over 20 books criss-crossing the fields of psychoanalysis, philosophy and psychology – gives himself the role of both the central subject as well as the organizing force behind the collection of papers, responses and counter-responses contained here. This is a bold and interesting move. There is something intellectually adventurous in the gathering of his own thinking to be read alongside that of his critics, and the value http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychoanalysis and History Edinburgh University Press

Jon Mills, Debating Relational Psychoanalysis: Jon Mills and His Critics

Psychoanalysis and History , Volume 24 (2): 4 – Aug 1, 2022

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240 PSYCHOANALYSIS AND HISTORY (2022) 24(2) (Abingdon & New York: Routledge, 2020; 198 pp.); reviewed by Molly Macdonald DOI: 10.3366/pah.2022.0427 Much of the time, in order to understand the twists and turns of a debate in some field or another, particularly one that has been raging over years, a reader has either to have been following along from the beginning, or else to be willing to do some dedicated and wide-ranging reading. In this particular case, Debating Relational Psychoanalysis: Jon Mills and His Critics does this work for us. The collection traces the disputes within an American-grown branch of psychoanalysis that sits roughly under the umbrella of the relational school, although even that designation comes into question. Mills – whose dual training is in clinical psychology and philosophy and who has published over 20 books criss-crossing the fields of psychoanalysis, philosophy and psychology – gives himself the role of both the central subject as well as the organizing force behind the collection of papers, responses and counter-responses contained here. This is a bold and interesting move. There is something intellectually adventurous in the gathering of his own thinking to be read alongside that of his critics, and the value

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Published: Aug 1, 2022

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