Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home

Is Psychoanalysis a Science? A Reply to Slater

  • Norman Kelk (a1)

Extract

In three recent articles, Slater (1972, 1973, 1975) has made certain claims concerning the nature of science, especially as it applies to psychiatry. Most recently (Slater, 1975), he has applied his criteria for assessing science to psychoanalysis, and has found it seriously lacking. In this article Slater's criticisms of psychoanalysis are used as a foil to attack his criteria for science. It is argued that his methodological criteria are extremely conservative and would be likely to cause the demise of scientific activity if at all seriously applied. Further, it is argued that psychoanalysis is a science on any reasonable application of Slater's criteria.

Copyright

References

Hide All
Easlea, B. (1973) Liberation and the Aims of Science. London: Chatto and Windus.
Ellenberger, H. F. (1970) The Discovery of the Unconscious: The History and Evolution of Dynamic Psychiatry. London: Allen Lane, The Penguin Press.
Feyerabend, P. K. (1965) Problems of empiricism. In Beyond the Edge of Certainty. (ed. Colodny, R. G.). Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall Inc.
Feyerabend, P. K. (1968) How to be a good empiricist—a plea for tolerance in matters epistemological. In The Philosophy of Science. (ed. Warnock, G.J.) London: Oxford University Press.
Feyerabend, P. K. (1970a) Consolations for the specialist. In Lakatos and Musgrave, q.v., 197230.
Feyerabend, P. K. (1970b) Against method. Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 4, 17130.
Kuhn, T. S. (1970a, first published 1962). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.
Kuhn, T. S. (1970b) Logic of discovery or psychology of research? In Lakatos and Musgrave, q.v., 123.
Kuhn, T. S. (1970c) Reflections on my critics. In Lakatos and Musgrave, q.v., 231–78.
Lakatos, I. (1966) History of science and its rational reconstructions. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 8, 91136.
Lakatos, I. (1970) Falsification and the methodology of scientific research programmes. In Lakatos and Musgrave, q.v., 91196.
Lakatos, I. & Musgrave, A. (eds.) (1970) Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge. London: Cambridge University Press.
Nagel, E. (1959) Methodological issues in psychoanalytic theory. Psychoanalysis, Scientific Method and Philosophy, (ed. Hook, S.). New York: New York University Press. Cited in Slater, 1975, q.v.
Popper, K. R. (1957) Philosophy of science: a personal report. In British Philosophy in the Mid-Century. (ed. Mace, C. A.). London: George Allen and Unwin.
Popper, K. R. (1972, first published in 1934) The Logic of Scientific Discovery. London: Hutchinson.
Roasen, P. (1969) Brother Animal: The Story of Freud and Tausk. New York: Knopf.
Slater, E. (1972) The psychiatrist in search of a science: I. Early thinkers at the Maudsley. British Journal of Psychiatry, 121, 591–8.
Slater, E. (1973) The psychiatrist in search of a science: II. Developments in the logic and the sociology of science. British Journal of Psychiatry, 122, 625–36.
Slater, E. (1975) The psychiatrist in search of a science: III. The depth psychologies. British Journal of Psychiatry, 126, 205–24.
Watson, J. D. (1968) The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA. London: Weidenfiebland Nicolson.

Is Psychoanalysis a Science? A Reply to Slater

  • Norman Kelk (a1)

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed.

Is Psychoanalysis a Science? A Reply to Slater

  • Norman Kelk (a1)
Submit a response

eLetters

No eLetters have been published for this article.

×

Reply to: Submit a response


Your details


Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *