John forrester thinking in cases

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Books by John Forrester (Author of Fire Mage)

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Thinking in Cases

For John Forrester, the case was a critical tool for thinking about the way that scientific knowledge is validated and justified. Thinking in Cases brings together a number of his most influential articles and lectures into one volume. This unfinished work was thankfully brought to fruition by Lisa Appignanesi, who meticulously crafted together the final chapter based on one of Forrester's last lectures in Berlin. The book expounds his thesis that cases are critical for understanding the history of science, and the way that human sciences have defined individuals. From Sigmund Freud to Albert Einstein, Donald Winnicott to Robert Stoller, Thomas Kuhn to John Forrester himself, this book uses case histories as ways to think through the human sciences and particularly their development over the twentieth century.

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The historian and philosopher John Forrester, who has died aged 66 after suffering from cancer, advanced the study of psychoanalysis, its history, key figures, clinical practice and social significance, both in Britain and farther afield. From his PhD thesis, published as Language and the Origins of Psychoanalysis and immediately translated into French, to his magnum opus, Freud in Cambridge, completed but yet to be published, John was passionately engaged with his subject, though, being at heart a follower of the French Enlightenment, never a zealot.
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There are currently no reviews Be the first to review. Today many philosophers and historians of science would acknowledge that there are different kinds of activity that we call science and different kinds of reasoning that are practised in them. But one kind of reasoning that has not received as much attention as it deserves is the form of reasoning that John Forrester aptly called thinking in cases. What exactly is involved in using particular case histories to think systematically about social, psychological and historical processes? Can one move from a textured particularity, like that in Freud's famous cases, to a level of reliable generality? In this book, Forrester teases out the meanings of the psychoanalytic case, how to characterise it and account for it as a particular kind of writing.


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