History And Philosophy Of Science | Psychoanalysis: Theory, Therapy, and Culture
X755 | 2793 | James Capshew/Andrew Backe


Freudian psychoanalysis stands as one of the most enigmatic
intellectual development of the twentieth century.  As a scientific
theory, psychoanalysis has been criticized severely for failing to
meet fundamental logical and methodological criteria.  Yet,
psychoanalysis has been enormously influential in clinical practice,
in literary, historical, and biographical analysis, and in culture at
large.  We will survey these various aspects of psychoanalysis in the
seminar.  Issues to be covered include:  the ontology of the
unconscious; the testability of psychoanalytical theory; the efficacy
of psychoanalytic therapy; psychoanalytic literary criticism,
psychohistory, and psychobiography; and the cultural influence of
psychoanalysis.  These issues will be considered through readings and
discussions of primary sources by Freud and secondary sources by
Fancher, Gellner, Grunbaum, Hale, Popper, and others.  The course is
suitable for students in a wide variety of disciplines, including (but
not limited to) Cultural Studies, History and Philosophy of Science,
History, Education, English, Philosophy, and Psychology.  Participants
in the course will be expected to contribute to general discussions
and occasionally present summaries of readings.  Written assignments
will include a biographical sketch (2-3 pages), one book review
(2-3pages), and a short research paper of historiographical essay
(10-20 pages).  There will be no examinations.