Level 1: Patient Productions
Patient productions include dream reports, free associations, and assent or dissent to interpretations made by the analyst.
The figure below (Von Eckardt, 1986) represents epistemological problems in Freud's use of clinical data as discussed by Grünbaum (1984) (circled numbers correspond to numbered problems at left; arrows represent the relation "is considered evidence for").
- suggestibility (pp. 130-135);
- failure of tally argument (pp. 135-172);
- weakness of consilience argument (pp. 273-278);
- Nisbett and Wilson findings (pp. 147-148);
- problems with Breuer-Freud argument (pp. 177-189);
- problems with extrapolation to slips and dreams (pp. 190-239);
- problems with establishing causal claims by retrospective testing (pp. 177-189).
Grünbaum, A. (1984). The foundations of psychoanalysis: A philosophical critique. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Von Eckardt, B. (1986). Grünbaum's challenge to Freud's logic of argumentation: A reconstruction and an addendum. The Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 9, 262-263.
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