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A reconstruction of Sigmund Freud's early theory of the unconscious

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Balzer, Wolfgang; Marcou, Ph.

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Abstract A version of Freud's early theory of the unconscious - which is a completely qualitative theory - is reconstructed in precise terms. The important structuralist components: models, potential models, partial potential models, constraints, links, measuring models, intended applications are identified, and an explanation for neurosis is given. The theory's empirical claim and confirmation are considered. The particular position of therapeutically relevant theories is discussed and clarified. The reconstruction shows that Freud's early theory lends itself to a completely logical treatment and has all the features of empirical theories in the social sciences in general.
Keywords psychology; consciousness; Freud, S.; theory; model
Classification Philosophy of Science, Theory of Science, Methodology, Ethics of the Social Sciences; Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Psychology
Free Keywords psychology; theory; model; structure; reconstruction; unconscious; Sigmund Freud
Collection Title Psychological theories from a structuralist point of view
Editor Westmeyer, Hans
Document language English
Publication Year 1989
Publisher Springer
City Berlin u.a.
Page/Pages p. 13-31
Series Recent research in psychology
ISBN 3-540-51904-1
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works