Freud and the Question of Pseudoscience

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Open Court Publishing, 1998 - Psychology - 313 pages
For three decades Frank Cioffi has been at the center of the debate over Freud's legacy and the legitimacy of psychoanalysis. Cioffi has given startling demonstrations that, in one area after another, Freud's accounts of the development of his theories are untruthful. But Cioffi's even more impressive achievement has been to scrupulously distinguish the many different, often equivocal, assertions made by psychoanalysis, thus laying bare the mechanism of its rhetorical conjuring tricks.
 

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Contents

Why Are We Still Arguing about Freud?
1
Wittgensteins Freud
93
Freud and the Idea of a Pseudoscience
115
Wollheim on Freud
143
The Myth of Freuds Hostile Reception
161
Symptoms Wishes and Actions
182
Was Freud a Liar?
199
From Freuds Scientific Fairy Tale to Massons Politically Correct One
205
Psychoanalysis Pseudoscience and Testability
210
Exegetical MythMaking in Grunbaums Indictment of Popper and Exoneration of Freud
240
A Conversation
265
Bouveresse on Wittgensteins Freud
280
A Final Accounting
288
Index
301
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