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Paperback | $55.00 Short | £37.95 | ISBN: 9780262631716 | 786 pp. | 6 x 9 in | November 1996

Freud Evaluated

The Completed Arc


Psychoanalysis: science or belief system? Since its initial publication this critique of Freud's methods for gathering and evaluating evidence has become a classic in Freud scholarship. Malcolm Macmillan's exhaustive analysis of Freud's personality theory describes the logical and other assumptions on which Freud's work was based and shows how these assumptions interacted with his clinical observations to produce all-embracing but faulty methods for gathering and evaluating evidence.

Macmillan provides a meticulous account of the historical evolution of Freud's thought and its background in Freud's contacts with the books and people that influenced him and evaluates the entirety of the Freudian system. Included is a compilation of major criticisms of the methodology and assumptions of Freudian theory and a new comprehensive afterword by the author surveying the relevant literature published since 1989.

(cloth edition published by Elsevier-North Holland in 1991)

About the Author

Malcolm Macmillan is Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology at Deakin University, Australia.


"Although there may be a veritable torrent of books on Freud, there are few that can compare with this one in its historical breadth and detail and the comprehensiveness of its critique of Freudian theory . . . an important achievement. . . indispensable for any serious student of psychoanalytic theory."
Morris N. Eagle, Contemporary Psychology