The metaphysics of psychology and a dialectical perspective.

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  • Author(s): Dafermos, Manolis ()
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    Theory & Psychology. Jun2021, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p355-374. 20p.
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      This article aims to examine the relation between psychology and metaphysics. Despite psychology's claim of being an exact science, like physics, it contains an implicit commitment to metaphysical assumptions, such as ahistorical universalism, ontological dualism, abstract individualism, and the fragmentation of the human mind. This paper proposes a dialectical perspective as a way to overcome the unidimensional examination of psychological phenomena as the sum of independent, fixed, and static elements. By revealing the shortcomings of reductionism and elementarism, dialectics highlight the complex and dynamic nature of psychological processes and provide an original way of conceptualizing crucial theoretical and methodological issues of psychology as a discipline. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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