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Outline of Theoretical Psychology


Outline of Theoretical Psychology

Critical Investigations
Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology

von: Thomas Teo

95,19 €

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 26.05.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9781137596512
Sprache: englisch

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Outline of Theoretical Psychology discusses basic philosophical problems in the discipline and profession of psychology. The author addresses such topics as what it means to be human in psychology; how psychological knowledge is possible and what it consists of; the role of social justice in psychology; and how aesthetic experience could help us to understand the human condition. Proposing possible solutions to a range of such issues, Thomas Teo situates theoretical questions within traditional branches of philosophical inquiry: ontology, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics. This book argues that in order to improve psychology as a discipline and in practice, psychologists must reconceive the unit of psychological analysis, looking beyond individual capacity and even experience. By engaging with these basic philosophical problems, Teo demonstrates how psychology can avoid its common pitfalls and continue as a force for resistance and the good.
Chapter 1: Introduction.- Part 1: Ontology-Laden Reflections.- Chapter 2: What is psychology?.- Chapter 3: What does it mean to be human?.- Chapter 4: The “nature” of psychological objects, events, and concepts.- Part 2: Epistemological Concerns.- Chapter 5: The consequences of “positivism” in psychology.- Chapter 6: Social characteristics and knowledge.- Chapter 7: Culture, epochs, and psychological knowledge.- Part 3: Ethical-Political Debates.- Chapter 8: The role of values, power, and money in the psydisciplines.- Chapter 9: Should psychologists care about injustice?.- Chapter 10: Problem-solving versus problem-making in society.- Part 4: Aesthetic Challenges.- Chapter 11: Subjectivity and resistance through aesthetics.
Thomas Teo is professor of psychology in the Historical, Theoretical, and Critical Studies of Psychology Program at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is Fellow of the Canadian and American Psychological Association, former editor of the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and former President of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology. 
Outline of Theoretical Psychology discusses basic philosophical problems in the discipline and profession of psychology. The author addresses such topics as what it means to be human in psychology; how psychological knowledge is possible and what it consists of; the role of social justice in psychology; and how aesthetic experience could help us to understand the human condition. Proposing possible solutions to a range of such issues, Thomas Teo situates theoretical questions within traditional branches of philosophical inquiry: ontology, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics. This book argues that in order to improve psychology as a discipline and in practice, psychologists must reconceive the unit of psychological analysis, looking beyond individual capacity and even experience. By engaging with these basic philosophical problems, Teo demonstrates how psychology can avoid its common pitfalls and continue as a force for resistance and the good.
Systematically covers theoretical psychology taking a critical perspective. Discusses several basic philosophical problems faced by psychology todayRadically challenges conventional psychology 
“This book accomplishes a double-task, addressing the heart and context of contemporary psychology; it takes the syllabus requirements for conceptual and historical issues in psychology to a new level, providing an accessible and intelligently argued critique.” (Ian Parker, Emeritus Professor of Management, UK)“This volume is an important corrective to the restricted range of topics that have come to define theory in psychology. Teo's keen evaluation of the critical and cultural dimensions of theory are an important introduction to a new analysis of subjectivity and will be a consequential tool for students and scholars alike.” (Henderikus J. Stam, University of Calgary, Canada)

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