Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry


The completion of this paper comes coincidentally at a time when a book by a scholarly philosopher, Adolf Grunbaum, entitled The Foundations of Psychoanalysis:A Philosophical Critique, has just been published and purports to answer the question of the scientific status of analysis. This temporally follows Jeffrey Masson's work (1) which accuses Freud of abandoning the so-called seduction hypothesis and by so doing laying unsound groundwork for the "science" that consumes Freud's nearly limitless energies . In short, it is a period in which psychoanalysis finds itself condemned, but perhaps in a more vehement and visible fashion than usual.

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