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Psychoanalyse En Hermeneutiek


Gaston Vandendriessche

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[Psychoanalysis and Hermeneutics]


The author, having lectured for many years on psychoanalysis on the one hand, and hermeneutics on the other, focuses in his retirement address on the „encounter” of these two „disciplines”. He moves both on the level of theoretical epistemology and on that of epistemological field-work, thus paying attention not only to the notional and conceptual area of the encounter but also to the results of concrete epistemological analyses of psychoanalytic work. The negative and positive aspects of the encounter are elucidated on both sides. It is assumed, for one, that the epistemological identity of psychoanalysis is basically to be searched for within the orbit of the humanities; and, for the other, that psychoanalysis, if only it is willing to be a science, ought to behave accordingly, rendering explicit and practically acknowledging its dependence upon the methodological requirements of hermeneutics Methodological hermeneutics. on the other hand, while emphasizing its differences with philosophical hermeneutics, should more clearly than it has done thus far, sort out and define what the various methodological approaches which it is grouping have in common, to the benefit of its own evolution yet also to the benefit of disciplines such as psychoanalysis which are in need of further hermeneutic clarification and support.

How to Cite: Vandendriessche, G., 1991. Psychoanalyse En Hermeneutiek. Psychologica Belgica, 31(1), pp.67–105. DOI:
Published on 01 Jan 1991.
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