The Seven Strategies of the Sophisticated Pseudo-Scientist: a look into Freud's rhetorical tool box

@article{Derksen2001TheSS,
  title={The Seven Strategies of the Sophisticated Pseudo-Scientist: a look into Freud's rhetorical tool box},
  author={Anthony A. Derksen},
  journal={Journal for General Philosophy of Science},
  year={2001},
  volume={32},
  pages={329-350}
}
  • A. A. Derksen
  • Published 1 December 2001
  • Psychology
  • Journal for General Philosophy of Science
In my ‘Seven Sins of Pseudo-Science’ (Journal for General Philosophy of Science 1993) I argued against Grünbaum that Freud commits all Seven Sins of Pseudo-Science. Yet how does Freud manage to fool many people, including such a sophisticated person as Grünbaum? My answer is that Freud is a sophisticated pseudo-scientist, using all Seven Strategies of the Sophisticated Pseudo-Scientist to keep up appearances, to wit, (1) the Humble Empiricist, (2) the Severe Selfcriticism, (3) the Unbiased Me… 
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