The Scientific Status of Psychoanalysis: Evidence and Confirmation

Author(s) : Pushpa Misra

The Scientific Status of Psychoanalysis: Evidence and Confirmation

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : May 2016
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 224
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  • Catalogue No : 37974
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782204060
  • ISBN 10 : 1782204067
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In his Foundations of Psychoanalysis: A Philosophical Critique, Adolf Gru¨nbaum claimed that the arguments supporting psychoanalytic hypotheses are both logically invalid and unsound. They are invalid because they violate the cannons of inductive elimination, and unsound because the clinical data is contaminated by the suggestive influence of the analyst.

In a spirited defence of psychoanalysis, Pushpa Misra asserts that Gru¨nbaum’s argument over suggestibility is not supported by textual evidence and gives her own formulation of Freud’s argument to show how the problem of suggestibility can be dealt with. To counter the charge of the invalidity of the repression argument, the author addresses the two specific objections of Gru¨nbaum: first, that repression can be a maintaining rather than an originating cause of neurotic symptoms, and, second, that by eliminating rival candidates it is possible to formulate a valid argument for repression aetiology.

This book is a must-read for all those interested in the stature and reputation of psychoanalysis in the scientific world.

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‘Given the centrality of the so-called Tally Argument attributed to Freud in Adolf Gru¨nbaum’s critique of the scientific status of psychoanalysis, Pushpa Misra’s claim that it is “the brainchild of Gru¨nbaum, not of Freud” represents an important contribution to the debate over the nature and foundations of psychoanalysis.'
- Donald L. Carveth, PhD, RP, FIPA, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Social & Political Thought, Senior Scholar, York University, Canada

About the Author(s)

Pushpa Misra was a Fulbright Fellow for the year 1993–1994 for postdoctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh, and holds a Master’s degree in psychology from Calcutta University and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Rochester. Her academic interests range from psychoanalysis to philosophy of science, applied ethics, and literature.

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