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(When) should psychology be a science?

Krpan, Dario ORCID: 0000-0002-3420-4672 (2022) (When) should psychology be a science? Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 52 (1). 183 - 198. ISSN 0021-8308

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Identification Number: 10.1111/jtsb.12316


Since its emergence in the 19th century, academic psychology has striven to become accepted as a scientific discipline. This emphasis on “science” has led to many unprecedented advancements in the understanding of human behavior. However, the view that psychology must be approached as a science has become ingrained in the field over time, and critically discussing the implications of this notion has turned into a taboo. In this article, I examine the benefits and limitations of applying the scientific paradigm to psychology, and I propose when it is not optimal to approach psychology as a science if the field is to maximize its potential. Importantly, I do not imply that practicing psychology as a “non-science” means practicing it as a pseudoscience. Quite to the contrary, I argue that not always enforcing the scientific viewpoint can prevent pseudoscientific practices and make the field more scientific in the long run.

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Additional Information: © 2021 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2021 13:45
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2022 09:00

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