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Ludwig Binswanger’s Comments on Hermann Rorschach’s Psychodiagnostik (2022)


This article presents an introduction to Ludwig Binswanger’s Comments on Hermann Rorschach’s Psychodiagnostik, published in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis in 1923, after Rorschach’s death in 1922. Binswanger, one of the most distinguished psychiatrists of the twentieth century and a close professional colleague and compatriot in the Swiss Psychiatric and Psychoanalytic Societies, was blazing new trails by incorporating turn-of-the-century phenomenology and experimental psychology into Swiss psychiatry. His comments, which have been noted for over 100 years but never before translated, are a critical review of Rorschach’s monograph, highlighting the undeveloped status of the test theory and philosophical foundations. Binswanger’s comments illuminate philosophical, conceptual and scientific pathways not taken in the development of the test following Rorschach’s untimely demise.

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Authors & Contributors
Schioldann, Johan
Berrios, German E.
Lanzoni, Susan Marie
Akavia, Naamah
Jacobsen, Thune
Freud, Sigmund
History of Psychiatry
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Science in Context
Medizinhistorisches Journal
Journal of the History of Biology
Other Press
Duquesne University
Harvard University
University of California, Los Angeles
Editions EHESS
Mohr Siebeck
Primary literature (historical sources)
Mental disorders and diseases
Binswanger, Ludwig
Freud, Sigmund
Rorschach, Hermann
Naef, Adolf
Starobinski, Jean
Strömgren, Erik
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
21st century
20th century, late
Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Psychiatrie

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