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Author(s): Ximena Zabala

Journal: Revista de Psicología
ISSN 0716-8039

Volume: 16;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 9;
Date: 2007;
Original page

ABSTRACT
For some time, a debate exists among psychoanalysts on the need to simplify metapsychology and provide psychoanalysis with an epistemological frame that could inscribe it within the hermeneutical sciences. Following the postulates of Ricoeur, this study intends to investigate how reformulations contributed by the hermeneutic perspective in metapsychology, should seriously transform the specifi city of psychoanalysis. Indeed, if for Ricoeur, psychoanalysis is understood as a project directed at the subject´s self-understanding, there are aspects of Freudian theory that are insuffi cient to conceive a projection of the subject, beyond his regressive symbolic determinants. We would then have to impress a teleology to Freudian archaeology. A new examination of the place sexuality holds in Freudian metapsychology should help specify the meaning of interpretation, as well as the meaning the use of psychoanalysis in clinical work.
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