Researching the Unconscious: Principles of Psychoanalytic Method

1st Edition

Michael Rustin

Routledge
February 21, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 336 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781782204374 - CAT# K399425
Series: Tavistock Clinic Series

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Summary

Researching the Unconscious provides an exposition of key issues in the philosophy and methods of the social sciences which are relevant to psychoanalysis as both a clinical practice and a human science.

These include the debates initiated by Thomas Kuhn’s theory of scientific revolutions, the "actor-network theory" of Bruno Latour, the ideas of philosophical realism, distinctions between "meaningful" and "causal explanation", and the relevance of complexity theory and "part-whole analysis" to psychoanalysis. The book goes on to discuss specific forms and methods of psychoanalytical research, including the role of case-studies, of outcome research, and of "Grounded Theory" as a key methodological resource, of which it provides a detailed example. The book concludes by outlining principles and methods for psychoanalytic research in the wider contexts of infant observational studies, society and culture. 

Michael Rustin provides a unifying account of the methodological principles which underlie the generation of knowledge in psychoanalysis, in the light of recent developments in the philosophy and sociology of science. In doing so it provides a coherent rationale for psychoanalytic investigation, which will be of value to those pursuing research in this field.

Researching the Unconscious is unusual in its being based both on a deep understanding of and respect for psychoanalytical clinical practice, and on its author’s wider knowledge of the philosophy and sociology of science. It is unique in its comprehensive approach to the principles of psychoanalytic research.

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