Making the Case

One hundred years before Freud’s striking psychoanalytic case histories, the narrative psychological case history emerged in the second half of the 18th century in Germany as an epistemic genre that cut across the disciplines of medicine, philosophy, law, psychology, anthropology, and literature. The presentation and analysis of several significant psychological case histories, their theory and practice, as well as the controversies surrounding their utility, validity, and function for an envisioned “science of the soul,” constitutes the core of Making the Case: Narrative Psychological Case Histories and the Invention of Individuality in Germany, 1750–1800 (de Gruyter, 2019)
by Rob Leventhal ’75.