The explanatory value of the unconscious

Philosophy of Science 31 (April):122-132 (1964)
It is common knowledge that the notion of the unconscious is an essential part of psychoanalytic theory. In recent years, however, Arthur Pap and A. C. MacIntyre have argued that Freud's theory of the unconscious is not explanatory. But a close examination of Pap's and MacIntyre's arguments reveals that they are invalid. If one wishes to show that the theory of the unconscious is unexplanatory, different arguments will be necessary
Keywords Construct  Disposition  Explanation  Psychoanalysis  Science  Theory  Unconscious  Macintyre, A  Pap, A
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DOI 10.1086/287989
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