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The rhetorical voice of psychoanalysis : displacement of evidence by theory, Donald P. Spence

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The rhetorical voice of psychoanalysis : displacement of evidence by theory
Title
The rhetorical voice of psychoanalysis
Title remainder
displacement of evidence by theory
Statement of responsibility
Donald P. Spence
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • As psychoanalysis approaches its second century it seems no closer to being a science than when Freud first invented the discipline. All the clinical experience of the past hundred years, Donald Spence tells us in this trenchant book, has not overcome a tendency to decouple theory from evidence. Deprived of its observational base, theory operates more like shared fantasy
  • In support of this provocative claim, Spence mounts a powerful critique of the way psychoanalysis functions - as a clinical method and as a scholarly discipline or "science." In the process, he prescribes an antidote for the uncontrolled rhetoric that currently governs psychoanalytic practice
  • This reliance on rhetoric is the problem Spence identifies, and he attributes the troubling lack of progress in psychoanalysis to its outmoded method of data collection and its preference for fanciful argument over hard fact
  • Writing to Jung in 1911, Freud admitted that he "was not at all cut out to be an inductive researcher - I was entirely meant for intuition." His intuitive approach led him to retreat from the traditional Baconian principles of inductive investigation and to move toward a more Aristotelian approach that emphasized choice specimens and favorite examples, played down replication, and depended on arguments based on authority
  • Detailing this development, with particular attention to the role of self-analysis in the Freudian myth and the evidential drawbacks of the case study genre, Spence shows how psychoanalysis was set on its present course and how rhetorical maneuvers have taken the place of evidence
  • With this diagnosis, Spence offers a remedy - an example of the sort of empirical research that can transform clinical wisdom into useful knowledge. His book holds out the hope that, by challenging the traditions and diminishing the power of rhetoric, psychoanalysis can remain a creative enterprise, but one based on a solid scientific foundation
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Spence, Donald P
Dewey number
150.19/52/01
Index
index present
LC call number
RC506
LC item number
.S663 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 1994 E-188
  • WM 460
NLM item number
S744r 1994
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Science
  • Freudian Theory
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Science
  • Psychoanalyse
  • Retorica
  • Psychanalyse
  • Psychanalyse
Label
The rhetorical voice of psychoanalysis : displacement of evidence by theory, Donald P. Spence
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-216) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
28710914
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
228 pages
Isbn
9780674768741
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
93006344
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28710914
  • (WaOLN)1135211
Label
The rhetorical voice of psychoanalysis : displacement of evidence by theory, Donald P. Spence
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-216) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
28710914
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
228 pages
Isbn
9780674768741
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
93006344
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28710914
  • (WaOLN)1135211

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