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Unformulated Experience by Donnel B. Stern

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11 Gadamer's Hermeneutics

A Philosophy for the Embedded Analyst

So few analysts are willing any longer to defend the blank-screen metaphor of the analyst's role, at least in its stark form, sans qualifications, that to attack it has become a gratuitous act, useful only as a kind of chest beating. And yet every time one is ready to consign the issue to oblivion, one reads some new article, or hears about someone's defense of neutrality, and the tired old argument comes to life. So perhaps the distinction between those who adhere to the orthodox clinical view and those who don't retains meaning after all.

Be that as it may, it has become much less interesting to bash the blank-screen metaphor than to delineate differences within the group of analysts ...

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