"Contact zones between general, historical, and critical psychology: What is theoretical psychology
Zeit: Do. 11. Juni 17:00
Ort: Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität Wien, Freud Platz 1, 1020 Wien, Raum 2002
Defining theoretical psychology as a meta-theoretical project that has relevance for redefining general psychology, using historical and critical tools, a series of questions is posed that the traditional discipline does not ask anymore. It is argued that theoretical psychology provides a series of interrogations that need to be clarified in order to become a conscious and conscientious discipline and profession. Theoretical psychology is not about being critical from psychology, but being critical about psychology. Four sets of philosophical questions are posed to the discipline, profession, and practice of psychology. Ontological questions concern the status of psychology as a fragmented discipline, what it means to be human, and the nature of psychological concepts. Epistemological concerns address the legacy of positivism, and the role of social characteristics, culture and history in the process of knowledge-making and application. Ethical-political questions address the role of social justice in psychology, whether the discipline makes people into problems, and the meaning of epistemological violence. Aesthetic reflections address the role of aesthetics in human subjectivity and as a form of truth. It is suggested that answering these questions can aid in developing a general theory of subjectivity.
Thomas Teo ist Professor für Psychologie an der York University Toronto und Herausgeber der Encyclopedia of Critical Psychologie (Springer 2014)