Arnold Richards Receives 2013 Hans Loewald Award: Past Honorees’s Papers Here


Hans W. Loewald (1906-1992) was a practitioner, scholar, and teacher with a deep respect for the history and complexity of psychoanalytic thought. He was also an innovator who was willing to challenge prevailing wisdom and to extend the boundaries of psychoanalytic knowledge. His Collected Papers (1980) and his volumes on Psychoanalysis and the History of the Individual (1978) and Sublimation (1988) endure as seminal explorations of psychoanalytic theory and process, creativity, and culture. The Forum (previously Federation) has established the Hans W. Loewald Memorial Award to recognize an individual’s distinguished contribution to psychoanalytic education.

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2009   Michael Eigen, Ph.D.  Wordlessness
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2008   Robert J. Lifton, M.D.  [Not available] 

2007   Mark Solms [Not available] 

2006   Christopher Bollas What is Theory? (Published in The Freudian Moment by Karnac Books UK in 2007)  Not Available Here.

2005   Ethel Spector Person, M.D.  Revising Our Life Stories
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2004   GIFRIC  Not Available

2003   Andrew Samuel, Ph.D. Not Available
2002   Thomas Szasz, M.D.   The Cure of Souls in the Therapeutic State
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2001   Paul Roazen, Ph.D.  The Importance of the Past
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2000   John Gedo, M.D.  
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1999   James S. Grotstein, M.D.   “The Stranger Within Thee”: Who Is the Unconscious?
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1998    Joyce McDougall, Ed.D.   
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1997   Stanley A. Leavy, M.D.   Psychoanalysis as Askesis
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1996    Peter L. Giovacchini, M.D.   Changing Clinical Orientation, Humor and the Transitional Space
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1995    Jessica Benjamin, Ph.D.   Psychoanalysis as a Vocation
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1994   Merton Gill, M.D.  The Current Scene in Psychoanalysis
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1993   Lawrence Friedman, M.D.   Ferrum, Ignis, and Medicina: Return to the Crucible
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One Comment on “Arnold Richards Receives 2013 Hans Loewald Award: Past Honorees’s Papers Here”

  1. nathan szajnberg, MD Says:

    Glance at some of the opening remarks of previous Loewald honorees from 1996 (Lawrence Friedman) through 2002 (Szasz). They did not shy away from a hard-eyed look at psychoanalysis, which they also held dear.

    I imagine that Arnie Richards will also look at our discipline with a sharp and caring eye and offer possibilities for us to reflect upon, for us to build upon.


    Szasz: 2002; What is psychoanalysis? Who speaks for psychoanalysis? We are familiar with Freud’s many contradictory teachings and the diverse practices he engaged in, calling them all
    “psychoanalysis.” We know that the term is used to refer to a method of diagnosing and treating mental illnesses, detecting mental illness in famous dead persons and in characters invented by poets and writers, explaining and influencing human behavior, and interpreting the “meaning” of works of art.

    Giovacchini: 1996 The relationship between therapist and patient has radically changed during the last several decades. Psychoanalysis was submerged in an aura of seriousness and the interaction between student and mentor was often formal and stilted. Around forty years ago, I noted when attending professional meetings, that the atmosphere was funereal. Bearded psychoanalysts smoking huge cigars would make profound judgments with such solemnity that it appeared that the future of civilization was at stake. Arguments could become acrimonious, and heaven help the heretic who threatened the supremacy of Freud’s pronouncements.–

    Leavy: 1997; “…the quest begun early in my career to understand what it is we do when we psychoanalyze – to reason about it, to place it within the human condition, to analyze psychoanalysis, so to speak, from the position in which I stand. To begin, what do we presuppose as the conditions of human life in which psychoanalysis takes place? When we speak of the human mind as the reality that we attempt to understand, what sort of being do we contemplate?

    Gill: 1994; ” I come at once to what I consider the central current trend in psychoanalysis: The ideal of the neutral analyst is being overthrown in favor of the view that analyst and analysand are always in a mutually interactive interpersonal relationship……I prefer to think of the analytic situation more broadly, as one in which someone seeking help tries to speak as freely as he can to someone who listens as carefully as he can with the aim of articulating what is going on between them and why. Rapaport once defined the analytic situation as carrying the method of interpersonal relationship to its last consequence.”

    Friedman 1993; “Anyone who visits a meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association these days will be astonished at the breadth and vigor of its debates. We see intellectual ferment everywhere. But is that all we see? Is it just a variety of arguments–conflict vs. deficit, narrative vs. fact, etc.? Or is there an edifying story here–a story about a journey into our current issues and on to the goal of psychoanalysis in its second century?
    Well, yes of course, there’s a story … and another story … and, unfortunately, another story, each crafted to celebrate somebody’s favorite outcome. In reality, there is no privileged history of anything. So the short answer to my last question Is no. There is no road that led here….My moral is that today’s arguments are efforts to pull secrets of human nature out of the very fabric of the treatment situation, treatment here regarded not merely as an instrument of discovery but as an isolated wet specimen to be examined.”

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