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Klein, M.H. (1990). A Flaw in Grünbaum's Proof: Did Freud Empirically Verify His Theory of Paranoia?. Psychoanal. Contemp. Thought, 13(1):107-116.

(1990). Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, 13(1):107-116

A Flaw in Grünbaum's Proof: Did Freud Empirically Verify His Theory of Paranoia?

Martin H. Klein, Ph.D.

According to Adolf Grünbaum (1984), Sigmund Freud, accomplished scientific methodologist that he was, did not accept his clinical theories on faith as Karl Popper (1962) would like us to believe, but in fact, did test his hypotheses empirically, employing the logical empirical method of verification. To support this claim, Grünbaum (1984) refers to Freud's (1915) paper, “A Case of Paranoia Running Counter to the Psycho-Analytic Theory of the Disease,” as documented proof of Freud's logical empirical occupation. According to Grünbaum, in this paper Freud empirically tested his psychoanalytic theory of paranoia by a method of verification resembling Popper's (1962) falsification model (p. 109).


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