The Ontology of Psychology: Questioning Foundations in the Philosophy of Mind

2014.06.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Linda A.W. Brakel, The Ontology of Psychology: Questioning Foundations in the Philosophy of Mind, Routledge, 2013, 179pp.,
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2014.06.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Linda A.W. Brakel, The Ontology of Psychology: Questioning Foundations in the Philosophy of Mind, Routledge, 2013, 179pp., $125.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780415635622. Reviewed by Claudia Passos-Ferreira, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Linda Brakel presents an ambitious interdisciplinary approach to psychoanalysis. She focuses on three 'epistemological discomforts' in contemporary psychoanalysis. The first concerns techniques: how can we explain the effectiveness of psychoanalytic techniques in producing therapeutic changes? The second concerns ontology: what view of the mind-body problem is most appropriate in light of psychoanalysis? The third concerns methodology: what is the central role of consistency in psychoanalysis as well as in philosophy and science? Chapters 2 through 4 each analyzes one of the three issues. Each chapter can be read alone. This might suggest that the book is not unified, that it. . .

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