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One Comment on “In Debate with Peter Fonagy and Lewis Wolpert”
Although as Fonagy notes the psychoanalytic case study may not require its own epistemology, it is surely an example of qualitative research. The bulk of the objections Wolpert makes are the same objections that are typically made to any sort of qualitative research by those wedded to a narrow and rigid definition of empirical science. With the increasing acceptance of qualitative research in the mainstream of psychology, Wolpert’s objections look antiquated. The epistemological ground underneath him is shifting and he is oblivious to that shift. This shift could potentially open the field to sophisticated qualitative approaches to research that incorporate psychoanalytic as well as narrative and phenomenological methods, and analysts may want to take advantage of this opportunity.
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