As psychoanalysis approaches its second century, it seems no closer to being a science than when Freud first invented the discipline. This text analyzes the way pscyhoanalysis functions - as a clinical method, and as a scholarly discipline or "science", and proposes remedies for the uncontrolled rhetoric that currently governs psychoanalytic practice. This reliance on rhetoric is the problem the author identifies, and he tributes the troubling lack of progress in psychoanalysis to its outmoded method of data collection and its preference for fanciful argument over hard fact. Paying particular attention to the role of self-analysis in the Freudian myth and the evidential drawbacks of the case study genre, this text shows how psychoanalysis was set on its present course and how rhetorical manoeuvres have taken the place of evidence. Donald Spence believes that by challenging the traditions and diminishing the power of rhetoric, psychoanalysis can remain a creative enterprise, but one based on a solid scientific foundation.
Donald Spence has also written "The Freudian Metaphor: Toward a Paradigm Change in Psychoanalysis" and "Narrative Truth and Historical Truth: Meaning and Interpretation in Psychoanalysis".
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