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Psychother Psychosom Med Psychol. 1991 Mar-Apr;41(3-4):147-53.

[Psychoanalysis and science-theoretical critique--new aspects of an old controversy].

[Article in German]

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Klinische Neurophysiologie-Neurochirurgische Rehabilitation, Neurochirurgische Universitätsklinik, Bonn.


Up to now, relations between psychoanalysis and philosophy of science have mainly been confined to controversies about the scientific status of psychoanalysis. Freud himself had tried to reject classifications of psychoanalysis as a non- or pseudoscience by maintaining a sort of foundationist empiricism, which is philosophically problematic in several respects. The discussion of one classical (Popper) and one recent (Gr√ľnbaum) critique of psychoanalysis shows that the arguments are still broadly determined by Freuds own philosophical prejudice. It is then argued that a coherentist philosophy of science would allow a more adequate discussion of the problem of the scientific status of psychoanalysis than did classical foundationism.

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