Psychoanalysis Interpretation and Science

In J. Hopkins & A. Savile (eds.), Psychoanalysis Mind and Art. Blackwell (1992)
Abstract
Our commonsense understanding of meaning and motive is realized via the semantic encoding of causal role. Appreciating this together with other features of semantic theories enables us to see that methodological critiques of psychoanalysis, such as those by Popper and Grunbaum, systematically fail to take account of empirical data, and if taken seriously would render commonsense understanding of mind and language void. This is particularly problematic if we consider much of what we regard ourselves as knowing is registered in language, or understood through our use of it, since this includes science itself.
Keywords Commonsense psychology causal role motives  semantics methodology
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