Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology

Outline of Theoretical Psychology

Critical Investigations

Authors: Teo, Thomas

  • Systematically covers theoretical psychology taking a critical perspective. 
  • Discusses several basic philosophical problems faced by psychology today
  • Radically challenges conventional psychology 
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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.

About the authors

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. 

Reviews

“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)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Teo, Thomas

    Pages 1-23

  • What Is Psychology?

    Teo, Thomas

    Pages 27-47

  • What Does It Mean to Be Human?

    Teo, Thomas

    Pages 49-76

  • The “Nature” of Psychological Objects, Events, and Concepts

    Teo, Thomas

    Pages 77-99

  • The Consequences of “Positivism” in Psychology

    Teo, Thomas

    Pages 103-132

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59650-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Outline of Theoretical Psychology
Book Subtitle
Critical Investigations
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59651-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59651-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59650-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 316
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