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Mills, J. (2007). A Response to Grünbaum's Refutation of Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal. Psychol., 24(3):539-544.

(2007). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 24(3):539-544

A Response to Grünbaum's Refutation of Psychoanalysis Related Papers

Jon Mills, PsyD, ABPP, Ph.D.

Adolf Grünbaum has been a staunch critic of psychoanalysis for over three decades. The general thrust of his attacks are unwavering in content and focus and regurgitate the redundant point that psychoanalysis is not a true science. I wish to offer a modest defense of psychoanalysis as a human science and argue that Grünbaum commits a category mistake in comparing psychoanalysis with the physical sciences, thus he upholds a standard of scientific inquiry that cannot be applied to our field. As a philosopher, he furthermore lacks a proper epistemology of knowing how to appropriately evaluate the validity of clinical data and focuses on select aspects of Freudian theory he uses as a straw man to unjustly refute the whole discipline of psychoanalysis itself.

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