foreword by Frederick Crews 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 published by Elsevier-North Holland in 1991)
About the Author
Malcolm Macmillan is Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology at Deakin University, Australia.
—Ernest R. Hilgard, Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Stanford University
—John Kerr, author of A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein
—John F. Kihlstrom, Professor, Department of Psychology, Yale University
—Frank Sulloway, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, MIT