International Journal of Existential Positive Psychology

Franklian Metapsychology Revisited: Is There a Franklian Epistemology?

Troy Bruner, Ed.D.

Camas Institute


This paper investigates some of the core philosophical premises of Viktor Frankl’s philosophy and model of psychotherapy (logotherapy) in order to explore the extent of an epistemological framework. While Viktor Frankl never developed a formal epistemology, it is argued that his thought is coherent and comprehensive enough to suggest the presence of a rudimentary epistemology that could be classified as a form of correspondence theory. There is a description of how—despite the historical, irreconcilable differences between logotherapy and psychoanalysis—these paradigms have epistemological similarities that have increased due to a waning of Freudian orthodoxy.

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