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How do psychoanalysts know what they know

  title={How do psychoanalysts know what they know},
  author={Michael Rustin},
This paper puts forward an account of psychoanalysis as an organised practice for the generation of new knowledge. Against criticisms of psychoanalysis as a pseudo-science or failed science it asserts the respect of psychoanalysis for both rational argument and empirical evidence over the course of its development. Its contention is that from its foundational moment as a ‘revolutionary science’ in the formative work of Freud in The Interpretation of Dreams and after, psychoanalysis has… 
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    The International journal of psycho-analysis
  • 1971
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    Influential Papers from the 1950s
  • 2018
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