Which is the basis of psychoanalysis

The basics of psychoanalysis

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»The present work is a philosophical critique of the foundations of psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud. Such a criticism must first of all take note of the fact that Freud claimed the status of a natural science for psychoanalysis. Before I examine the main arguments he has put forward, however, there is a widespread exegetical myth that needs to be debunked.

It was precisely this myth, the arbitrary reading, that served as the starting point for accusing Freud of 'scientistic self-misunderstanding'. This verifiably ill-founded accusation was made by the philosophers Jürgen Habermas and Paul Ricoeur, the masterminds of the so-called 'hermeneutic' version of psychoanalytic theory and therapy (…). But apart from the fact that the theses of these representatives of hermeneutics are based on a mythical exegesis of Freud's writings, they are based on profound misunderstandings of the content and methods of the natural sciences. It will therefore be useful that I first turn not only to the creation of the text legend, but also to the many ontological and epistemic errors that are inherent in the current hermeneutic interpretation of psychoanalysis (...). "(From the introduction)

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  1. The Clinical Method of Psychoanalytic Examination - Pioneer or Pitfall?
  2. Did Freud justify his method of clinical investigation?
  3. Evaluation of Freud's arguments for the repression etiology of psychoneuroses
  4. Examining the psychoanalytic theory of failure - forgetting, promising, interrogating and prescribing
  5. Repressed infantile desires as dream exciters: a critical examination of the compromise model of the manifest dream content
  6. Examination of the further arguments with which Freud wanted to prove that under the "free" association repressions come to the fore unadulterated
  7. Comments on the post-Freudian defense of the fundamental tenets of psychoanalysis
  8. Can the repression etiology of psychoneurosis be checked retrospectively?
  9. the method of free association and the future evaluation of psychoanalysis
  10. Criticism of Freud's final justification for the evidential value of the data from the couch: the pseudoconvergence of clinical findings
  11. Coda for exegetical myth-making in Karl Popper's indictment against the clinical confirmation of psychoanalysis

Press reviews

»Grünbaum's book gets to the root of psychoanalysis, in a way that other philosophers have tried again and again, but have obviously failed. It is the most important discussion of the topic that can be found in the literature - only a philosopher was capable of it. «(Hans J. Eysenck in› Behavior Research & Therapy ‹)

Availability notice

At the SFB 2 new archive copies of the coveted title in the noble canvas variant - 1 copy with the dust jacket, 1 copy without; out of print at the publisher.