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Unformulated Experience by Donnel B. Stern

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9 Interpretation and Subjectivity

A Phenomenology of Resistance

Interpreting the Absolute Unconscious: Science and Objectivity

If unconscious experience does not have a single, predetermined meaning, but remains to be interpreted in reflective awareness, the effect of clinical interpretation does not depend on objective accuracy and cannot be judged on that basis. This is a clinical stance about the nature of the unconscious and the interpretive qualities of reflective consciousness, but it is also a philosophical position on matters of mind and experience, and so it should come as no surprise that philosophers have given their explicit attention to it. In independent proposals, hermeneuticists Paul Ricoeur (1970, 1977), Karl-Otto Apel (see ...

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