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Explanation and interpretation in psychoanalysis : a reading of Freud's introductory lectures on psychoanalysis

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dc.contributor.author Litten R en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T06:35:55Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T06:35:55Z
dc.date.submitted 1996 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/5785
dc.description.abstract Undertakes a reading of the first volume of Sigmund Freud's Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, concentrating on the account of the technique for the interpretation of dreams. In these lectures Freud attempts to elaborate an empirical model for the investigation and explanation of the dream. Closer examination of this argument, however, brings to light certain difficulties that allow us to question whether the validity of psychoanalytic procedures could ever be sustained in these terms. It is suggested that this account requires the introduction of conditions and assumptions of another order. This argument leads to a critique of the attempt to provide empirical foundations for certain key psychoanalytic concepts. It suggests that the legitimacy of that technique of interpretation depends upon a particular mode of deduction that can be considered characteristic of psychoanalytic procedure in general. Two models of psychoanalytic investigation are considered - an empirical model for the explanation of the dream and a more formal account of the fundamental principles of interpretation. The thesis concludes that these two models are not exclusive but complementary, and that a comprehensive statement of the conditions of validity of the technique of psychoanalytic interpretation can only be achieved through their interaction and articulation en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Theory en
dc.title Explanation and interpretation in psychoanalysis : a reading of Freud's introductory lectures on psychoanalysis en
dc.type Doctoral degree en
dc.description.degree DPhil en


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