Technology, aesthetic explanation, and psychoanalysis

Miguel Uribe

in Philosophical Perspectives on Technology and Psychiatry

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Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780199207428
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754494 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Technology, aesthetic explanation, and psychoanalysis

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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.

Chapter.  5927 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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