By Gunnar Karlsson

What sort of a technological know-how is psychoanalysis? What constitutes its area? What fact claims does it continue? during this precise and scholarly paintings about the nature of psychoanalysis, Gunnar Karlsson courses his arguments via phenomenological pondering which, he claims, might be obvious instead to the hot makes an attempt to quote neuropsychoanalysis because the resolution to the main issue of psychoanalysis. Karlsson criticizes this attempt to flooring psychoanalysis in biology and neurology and emphasizes in its place the significance of defining the psychoanalytic area from the vantage element of the nature of recognition. His figuring out of the subconscious, the libido and the demise force provide new insights into the character of psychoanalysis, and he additionally illuminates and develops missed dimensions resembling awareness and self-consciousness. Karlsson's method of psychoanalysis is rigorous but unique, and this e-book fills an highbrow hole with implications for either the theoretical realizing and scientific problems with psychoanalysis.

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Indeed, the bulk of his work is about the crisis in natural science. Certainly, this did not pertain to the natural scientific activity concerning the scientist in his/her function as a (natural) scientist. Husserl had no complaints about the concrete methodological procedures in natural science. The claim that there was a crisis in the natural sciences had nothing to do with methodological procedures, but concerned a more fundamental philosophical question. The crisis concerned the epistemological foundation of natural science.

We may ask the following questions: are natural scientific results answers to ontological/metaphysical questions? Do they describe an objective world independent of human consciousness? Do they describe the world as it really is? 4 Let us begin our analysis of the meaning-foundation of natural science by examining Galileo’s mathematization of nature, to find out whether natural science yields true descriptions of the world, the world as if it were independent of human subjectivity. Galileo himself used traditional Euclidean geometry, without investigating its origins.

In the naturalistic attitude we make the mistake of considering the object as something-in-itself, and we do not see that it is something-for-a-subject. The naturalistic attitude cannot be made into something absolute, but it is always an attitude in relation to a subject. Thus, Husserl (p. , nature. 3 Naturalism, on the other hand, is closely connected to the procedure of natural science, as we have been able to witness, but with one addendum: in the naturalistic attitude, natural science is conceived of as an ontological project – that is, as if the description of the world in natural science were a description of the world’s real nature (essence), independent of the subject.

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