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Freud's own blend : functional analysis, idiographic explanation and the extension of ordinary psychology.

Manson, Neil C. (2003) Freud's own blend : functional analysis, idiographic explanation and the extension of ordinary psychology. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 103 (1). pp. 179-195.

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Abstract

If we are to understand why psychoanalysis extends ordinary psychology in the precise ways that it does, we must take account of the existence of, and the interplay between, two distinct kinds of explanatory concern: functional and idiographic. The form and content of psychoanalytic explanation and its unusual methodology can, at least in part, be viewed as emerging out of Freud's attempt to reconcile these two types of explanatory concern. We must also acknowledge the role of the background theoretical context that shapes Freud's functional thinking about the mind. A neglect of the role of the background theory in shaping the extension of ordinary psychology leaves us with puzzles about the nature and direction of the psychoanalytic extension and gives rise to an unbelievable history of psychoanalysis.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society
Additional Information: This is a pre-print of an article published in Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 103(1), 2003. (c) Wiley.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 521
Deposited By: Dr Neil C Manson
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2007
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:12
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/521

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