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October 1933

Die Wissenschaft am Scheidewege von Leben und Geist.

Arch NeurPsych. 1933;30(4):955-956. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1933.02240160267018

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The title of this book ("Science on the Cross Road of Life and Mind"), in which thirty authors honor the German philosopher, Ludwig Klages, indicates the cause for Klages' far-reaching influence in the scientific and cultural world. His teaching asks for a biocentric instead of a logocentric orientation. Life is the important principle for the study of the personality and its cultural expressions.

Some of the psychiatric contributors based their studies on Klages' work. Pophal analyzes motility by distinguishing between the cause and meaning of movements, stressing the influence of strivings and counterstrivings and the differentiation between expressive and purposeful movements. Rothschild offers an attempt to utilize the distinction of sensation and vision in biologic problems. Haeberlin urges a psychotherapy which will do justice to the conflict of life and mind.

Prinzhorn stresses the importance of biologic security. To him psychopathies are disturbances of the relationship of the personality to