Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To save articles in ePub format for your eBook reader…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

To save an article in ePub format, look for the ePub reader icon above all articles for logged in users, and click it to quickly save the article, which is automatically downloaded to your computer or device. (There may be times when due to font sizes and other original formatting, the page may overflow onto a second page.).

You can also easily save to PDF format, a journal like printed format.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Berger, L.S. (1995). Grünbaum's Questionable Interpretation of Inanimate Systems: History and Context in Physics. Psychoanal. Psychol., 12(3):439-449.

(1995). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 12(3):439-449

Grünbaum's Questionable Interpretation of Inanimate Systems: History and Context in Physics

Louis S. Berger, Ph.D.

In his critiques of psychoanalysis, the philosopher Adolf Grünbaum maintains that psychoanalysis is, or should be, a science cast in the mold of physics. As part of that argument, Grünbaum contends that contrary to the claims of some psychoanalysts and philosophers, certain inanimate systems can and do exhibit historical and contextual features. He supports this contention by analyses of examples of electrodynamic systems and hysteresis effects. In this article, I investigate these examples more closely and show the sense in which Grünbaum's claims are illusory and spurious, “correct but not true.” Consequently, his contention that psychoanalysis should be like physics loses force.

This systems investigation introduces the concept of state or phase spaces (science's basic representational systems). Reference is made to previous work that identified the impoverishing effects that necessarily follow their (usually unwitting) use in psychoanalysis. The problems encountered when one attempts to develop radically alternative representational frameworks are briefly considered.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.