chapter  1
16 Pages

Psychological empiricism and naturalism

ByPhilip Kime

It has been a desire of Analytical Psychology, since Jung’s own early attempts, to align with the empirical sciences and to thereby partake of the popular confidence which attaches to the similarly popular associations to the word “science.” It is argued that this is a mistake born of an unsophisticated model of science and a likewise unsophisticated view of psychology. This chapter aims to establish the focal point where psychology demands that we drop a simplistic, naturalistic empiricist view and take seriously the fundamentally contra naturam nature of psychology when we attempt to speak of research.