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Psychoanalytic facts as unintended institutional facts

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We present an inference to the best explanation of the immense cultural success of Freudian psychoanalysis as a hermeneutic method. We argue that an account of psychoanalytic facts as products of unintended declarative speech acts explains this phenomenon. Our argument connects diverse, seemingly independent characteristics of psychoanalysis that have been independently confirmed, and applies key features of John Searle's and Eerik Lagerspetz's theory of institutional facts to the psychoanalytic edifice. We conclude with a brief defence of the institutional approach against more contentious social constructivist approaches to science and psychoanalysis.
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Sigmund Freud, John Searle, hermeneutics, social constructivism, social ontology, institutional facts, psychoanalysis, Eerik Lagerspetz

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Buekens, Filip, and Maarten Boudry. 2012. “Psychoanalytic Facts as Unintended Institutional Facts.” Philosophy of the Social Sciences 42 (2): 239–269.
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Buekens, Filip, & Boudry, M. (2012). Psychoanalytic facts as unintended institutional facts. PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES, 42(2), 239–269.
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Buekens F, Boudry M. Psychoanalytic facts as unintended institutional facts. PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES. 2012;42(2):239–69.
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Buekens, Filip, and Maarten Boudry. “Psychoanalytic Facts as Unintended Institutional Facts.” PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES 42.2 (2012): 239–269. Print.
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  abstract     = {We present an inference to the best explanation of the immense cultural success of Freudian psychoanalysis as a hermeneutic method. We argue that an account of psychoanalytic facts as products of unintended declarative speech acts explains this phenomenon. Our argument connects diverse, seemingly independent characteristics of psychoanalysis that have been independently confirmed, and applies key features of John Searle's and Eerik Lagerspetz's theory of institutional facts to the psychoanalytic edifice. We conclude with a brief defence of the institutional approach against more contentious social constructivist approaches to science and psychoanalysis.},
  author       = {Buekens, Filip and Boudry, Maarten},
  issn         = {0048-3931},
  journal      = {PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES},
  keyword      = {Sigmund Freud,John Searle,hermeneutics,social constructivism,social ontology,institutional facts,psychoanalysis,Eerik Lagerspetz},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {239--269},
  title        = {Psychoanalytic facts as unintended institutional facts},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0048393111399099},
  volume       = {42},
  year         = {2012},
}

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