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Adolf Grünbaum

In: The Philosophy of Psychology

Chapter 18: Is Psychoanalysis Viable?

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Is Psychoanalysis Viable?
Is psychoanalysis viable?

The noteworthy “Spécial Freud” issue of Le Nouvel Observateur (Numéro 1401, 3–9 Octobre, 1991) featured an article by Catherine David entitled “Pourquoi Freud Est Toujours Vivant.” Its thesis is: “Aujourd'hui encore, Sigmund Freud fait mentir allègrement ceux qui annonçaient la mort de sa théorie.” Moreover, on the cover page of this issue, this viability is contrasted with the dire fate of Marxism: “Le marxisme s'effondre, la psychoanalyse résiste.”

Clearly, a theory may well be viewed with great skepticism in the pertinent professional community while enjoying a great vogue in the culture at large, and conversely. Thus, at least in the United States, we are now witnessing a clear decline of psychoanalysis in several respects: (1) a sharp decrease in the influence ...

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