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Initial post: Jun 17, 2007 4:39:41 AM PDT
MWin says:
Psychoanalysis at the crossroad

by Mats Winther

Abstract: It is argued that psychoanalysis in the future can be sanctioned in academia, and find acceptance in the health business, only if metapsychological concepts become common knowledge. Psychoanalysis, and neighbouring branches, suffer from conceptual isolation. A knowledge of the unconscious belongs in public consciousness. Empirical research must be on firm theoretical ground, which is not the case today. For this reason, neither research nor a clinical approach can give direction to psychoanalysis. The answer lies in a theoretical perspective, a clarifying of metaphysical and metapsychological assumptions.

Keywords: dialectics, interiority, metapsychology, empiricism, physicalism, cognitive-behavioral
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2008 6:19:33 PM PST
I think it is a sad reflection of how bare the landscape of psychological discourse has become that no one has replied to this. What people fail to realize is that empiricism is a philosophy, a discourse that makes many assumptions can be criticized and questioned. Psychoanalysis faces a two fold resistance: the first is its openness to the obscene that drives people away, secondly is that logical positivism and fallibilsm have become DOGMAS. Quine's THE TWO DOGMAS OF EMPIRICISM is a thorough critique of empiricism and it has not been taken as seriously as it needs to be in the psychological community. I would love to continue this discussion if you are still up to it Mr. Winther.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2008 11:53:21 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 16, 2008 12:10:07 AM PST
MWin says:
Of course, although in the coming three weeks I won't be able to answer promptly. I take the approach that "empiricism" involves a theoretical formulation, which also includes the underlying metaphysical concepts. In different schools of psychoanalysis empiricism is confused with phenomenology, i.e. the idea that the world can be observed without basic theoretical formulation. I discard the latter, although it's probably correct to say that "empiricism" remains improperly formulated, especially on the metaphysical plane.

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