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Toward a postmodern realism for psychoanalysis.
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PMID:  10422049     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The current status of psychoanalysis is explored in the light of the postmodern critique of forms of knowledge. Analysts have tended to respond by redefining psychoanalysis in the language of the exact sciences or by finding a language that includes both (Kuhn, Rorty), thereby falling either into a reductive "scientism" or the fallacies of the "strong program" in postmodern thought. However, psychoanalytic theories do not meet the probative requirements of science. Neither is the serious problem of competing theories and interpretations adequately addressed by hermeneutics. Philosophical realism (Putnam 1981, 1988) offers some helpful ways to look at this problem. Following Lacan, we define psychoanalysis as a clinical discipline which has as its unique object of study the human subject, an indeterminate and language dependent entity. Concepts and rules specific to our field make an internal realism of psychoanalytic inquiry possible. An extended case vignette accompanies this philosophical discussion.
L A Kirshner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association     Volume:  47     ISSN:  0003-0651     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Psychoanal Assoc     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-11-02     Completed Date:  1999-11-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505579     Medline TA:  J Am Psychoanal Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  445-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Psychoanalysis / trends*
Time Factors
Erratum In:
J Am Psychoanal Assoc 2000 Spring;48(2):600

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