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Introduction 

Introduction
Chapter:
Introduction
Source:
Neuropsychoanalysis in Practice: Brain, Self and Objects
Author(s):

Georg Northoff

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199599691.003.0001

Psychoanalysis is not, like philosophies, a system starting out from a few sharply defined basic concepts, seeking to grasp the whole universe with the help of these and, once it is completed, having no room for fresh discoveries or better understanding. On the contrary, it keeps close to the facts in the field of study, seeks to solve the immediate problems of observation, gropes its way forward by the help of experience, is always incomplete and always ready to correct or modify its theories. There is no incongruity (any more than in the case of physics or chemistry) if its most general concepts lack clarity and if its postulates are provisional; it leaves their more precise definition to the result of future work. (...

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