Psychoanalysis and Self-Understadning: A Critique of Naturalistic Interpretation of Man

Sigurd Skirbekk   

Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press 1976 

CHOICE, Psychology Oct. 76:

"Skirbekk, a Norwegian sociologist, has written a good introductory criticism of the use of natural science metodology in the social sciences. His hermeneutic phenomenological critique of social science is well written and very understandable. In simple termes, Skirbekk takes a coherent argument against the notion theat scientific method guarantees thruth. He also convincingly demonstrates that the subjectiv-objective dichotomy insisted upon by science, is illusory [..] Chapter 5 throught 9 provide an introductory critique of scientific metodology that will be understood by any undergraduate"

Edward Gannon SJ, i Best Sellers, Heldref Publications, Washington, October 1976:

"Skirbekk, a Norwegian social psychologist, writes in this philosophical stunner that Freud has had more impact on the postwar American mind than on any other. [..] This is an arresting book. Exposing Freudian ontology as the assumption it is, Skirbekk makes room for the reasoning and responsible self again. The chief defense of the Freudians who believe that ideas are determined by the given psychological type is to psychologize the opposition ("You are saying that because of your cultural super-ego!"), rather than meet its arguments. Their ontology has them trapped as firmly as any super-ego trapped Viennese bourgeoise.

Special thanks again to Duquesne University Press, which some twenty years ago started to publish in English seminal philosophical works by Dutch and Belgians. This Norwegian is another example of what Kierkegaard proved a century ago: a man i a small country can be easily free of group think.

By Sigurd Skirbekk
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