The Heuristic Value of Freud

  • Gordon F. Derner

Abstract

Wolman approaches the examination of psychoanalysis as a scientific theory by a brief course in philosophy of science. He demonstrates his noted skill at attacking problems in a careful, scholarly, step-by-step process. His enormous breadth of scholarship, which extends far beyond psychoanalysis and psychology, is excellently used in the present paper. By defining the philosophical ground rule of evaluating Freudian theory on the basis of epistemological realism, he negates much of the objection of the demand of logical positivism that the description must entail directly observable phenomena.

Keywords

Psychoanalytic Theory Observable Phenomenon Social Science Research Council Pleasure Principle Psychoanalytic Concept 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gordon F. Derner
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  1. 1.Late of the Institute of Advanced Psychological StudiesAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA

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