The Freudian Fallacy

Jul 11, 2012 by

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The tide now seems to be turning against Freud as the long overdue detailed and systematic appraisal of his contribution to our understanding of the psychobiology and organisation of the human mind, of the place of reason and passion in human affairs, and of the aetiology and treatment of mental illnesses has finally been undertaken.

The verdict has been uniformly negative: Freud as a scientist, metapsychologist, and diagnostician of society emerges as a quack.

This view has not greatly perturbed true believers. Freud’s theories, notoriously, have an inbuilt survival kit: disagreement with them is regarded as a symptom of the very resistance they themselves predict, and therefore counts as confirmatory evidence.

The Freudian Fallacy

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