A Reconstruction of Sigmund Freud’s Early Theory of the Unconscious

  • W. Balzer
  • P. Marcou
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


A version of Freud’s early theory of the unconscious — which is a completely qualitative theory — is reconstructed in precise terms. The important structuralist components: models, potential models, partial potential models, constraints, links, measuring models, intended applications are identified, and an explanation for neurosis is given. The theory’s empirical claim and confirmation are considered. The particular position of therapeutically relevant theories is discussed and clarified. The reconstruction shows that Freud’s early theory lends itself to a completely precise logical treatment and has all the features of empirical theories in the social sciences in general.


Potential Model Real System Binary Relation Intended Application Natural Realization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Balzer
    • 1
  • P. Marcou
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MunichGermany

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