This chapter is intended to map out the epistemological background to the field of inquiry of the present book, with its focus on the artistic qualities of psychoanalysis. In subsequent chapters, I shall go into more detail over some of the features touched on here—in particular, the nature of symbol-formation, inspiration, the psychoanalytic (or self-psychoanalytic) dream encounter, and I shall also say more about the central aesthetic concepts of Bion and Meltzer.