By Roger Money-Kyrle, Meg Harris Williams

This re-creation of Roger Money-Kyrle’s vintage paintings is released including 3 of his past due papers, "Cognitive development", "The goal of psychoanalysis", and "On being a psychoanalyst". Its goal is to introduce new readers to this key Kleinian philosopher, whose effect has been quiet and uncontroversial yet deep and formative. The booklet additionally comprises Donald Meltzer’s dialogue of the paper on "Cognitive development".

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If this is the result of a ‘resistance’, analysts are still not absolved from the task of showing that their analytic beliefs are at least compatible with the general body of those other scientific beliefs which they also hold. I shall try to go further and argue that much analytic theory is not only compatiblewith, but derives some antecedent probability from, our beliefs about biology. In this chapter I want, in particular, to show that what we know of our evolution should lead us to expect our instincts and our conflicts to be such as analysts claim to find in us, whether we are conscious of them or not.

So the type of analytic record most likely to convince a doubter might well THE NATURE OF THE EVIDENCE 21 be, not a full account with all its overwhelming mass of detail, but an oversimplified abstraction to be used not for proof but for illustration. Moreover, and this is the essential point, no apparatus can record what is really in question: namely the type of reasoning by which the analyst proceeds from what he observes in behaviour to what he infers about motive. Suppose a new type of microscope to have been invented.

There is nothing teleological in statements about the ‘trends’ or ‘ends’ of evolution, which can be expressed in terms of mechanistic and chemical processes alone. They are of the same order as the statements that the ‘trend’ of a sieving process applied to an aggregate is to increase the proportion of the larger particles, or that the ‘end’ of a rolling stone is the bottom of the hill. If, therefore, we are inclined to personify the blind forces of selection, and to see in them a ‘purpose’ to improve and perfect the capacity of our species to survive in our own, or perhaps in any environment, we must suppose this to have become a purpose for us – perhaps even an innate one – which we project into nature.

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