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Kirshner, L.A. (1992). Motivation and Explanation. An Essay on Freud's Philosophy of Science. Psychological Issues Monograph 56: By Nigel Mackay, Ph.D. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, Inc., 1989. 254 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 61:262-266.

(1992). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 61:262-266

Motivation and Explanation. An Essay on Freud's Philosophy of Science. Psychological Issues Monograph 56: By Nigel Mackay, Ph.D. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, Inc., 1989. 254 pp.

Review by:
Lewis A. Kirshner

In this concise and informative monograph on the philosophy of science as applied to psychoanalysis, Nigel Mackay takes up the currently unpopular thesis that psychoanalysis is a science. Arguing that psychoanalysis is above all a theory of motivation, he presents a distilled, cogent reading of Freudian psychology and its underlying principles. Psychoanalytic theory is viewed as a complex set of constructs that function similarly to postulations of inferential processes and entities in natural science. In this respect, Mackay takes

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