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Functions of knowledge in psychology

Teo, Thomas (1999) Functions of knowledge in psychology. New Ideas in Psychology 17(1):pp. 1-15.

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It is suggested that psychological knowledge serves three functions according to which subsystems of psychology can be derived: SCIENTIA provides an analytic account of parts of psychological objects or events, and is nourished by an implicit utopia to produce "better" and cumulative knowledge; CULTURA produces psychological meanings for individuals, communities, and cultures, and is nourished by an implicit utopia to improve the human condition; and CRITICA involves the deconstruction, reconstruction, and construction of psychological knowledge, and is nourished by an utopia to change psychological knowledge practices. It is argued, from historical and theoretical point of view, that the proposed system can be used as an heuristic tool for understanding psychology's complexity. Consequences for accepting or rejecting an equilibrium among the different knowledge functions are discussed.

EPrint Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:epistemology, methodology, critical psychology
Subjects:Theory > Hermeneutics
Theory > Critical Theory
Psychology > Methodology
ID Code:181
Deposited By:Teo, Thomas
Deposited On:30 July 2003
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