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Rubovits-Seitz, P. (1991). Interpretive Methodology, Validation, and Structuralist Hermeneutics. Psychoanal. Contemp. Thought, 14(4):563-593.

(1991). Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, 14(4):563-593

Interpretive Methodology, Validation, and Structuralist Hermeneutics

Philip Rubovits-Seitz, M.D.

Clinical interpretation shares a number of methodologic features with structuralism and hermeneutics; for example, all three attempt to discover and validate meanings by focusing on relations rather than things. This report describes the methodologies, including interrelations, of structuralism and hermeneutics; reviews previous, largely unsuccessful efforts to integrate structuralism with psychoanalysis; and attempts to demonstrate that interpretive methodology and validation rely extensively on a structuralist hermeneutic perspective and approach.

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