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Technology, aesthetic explanation, and psychoanalysis 

Technology, aesthetic explanation, and psychoanalysis
Chapter:
Technology, aesthetic explanation, and psychoanalysis
Source:
Philosophical Perspectives on Technology and Psychiatry
Author(s):

Miguel Uribe

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199207428.003.0004

Miguel Uribe contrasts technical, mechanistic explanations of clinical phenomena with the very different kind of ‘explanation’ provided by the interpretations used in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In developing this contrast he invokes Wittgenstein's views on aesthetic explanation to suggest that psychoanalysis, while failing to meet the standards of instrumentalist thinking, is better understood (and defended) in the context of aesthetic explanation. He argues that there is a proper place for both kinds of explanation in clinical practice.

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