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Hanly, C.M. (1986). Freud and the Mind: By Ilham Dilman. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1984. 204 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 55:678-680.

(1986). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 55:678-680

Freud and the Mind: By Ilham Dilman. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1984. 204 pp.

Review by:
Charles M.T. Hanly

Dilman's book is a philosophical study of Freud's theories that belongs to a school of thought which includes Wittgenstein, Ryle, MacIntyre, Merleau-Ponty, and Ricoeur in philosophy, and Schafer, Gill, Holt, Kohut, Klein, and Spence in psychoanalysis. It is a study that bypasses the critiques of psychoanalysis by philosophers of science, such as Popper, Nagel, and Grünbaum. Dilman avoids the question of the scientific status of psychoanalysis by treating Freud's discoveries as though they were not part of an empirical science but rather comprised a humanistic psychology in the making. Freud's psychology is presented as an uncompleted (but potentially adequate) psychology because of certain philosophical errors: Cartesianism and scientism. It is acknowledged that Freud's insights were profound, true, and revolutionary, but it

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