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A pragmatist approach to the problem of knowledge in health psychology

Cornish, Flora and Gillespie, Alex (2009) A pragmatist approach to the problem of knowledge in health psychology. Journal of Health Psychology, 14 (6). pp. 800-809. ISSN 1359-1053

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The multiplicity of forms of health-related knowledge, including biomedical knowledge, lay knowledge and critical constructionist knowledge, raises challenges for health researchers. On one hand, there is a demand for a pluralist acceptance of the variety of health-related knowledge. On the other, the need to improve health calls for action, and thus for choices between opposing forms of knowledge. The present article proposes a pragmatist approach to this epistemological problem. According to pragmatism, knowledge is a tool for action and as such it should be evaluated according to whether it serves our desired interests. We identify implications for research methodology and the choice of research goals.

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Additional Information: © 2009 SAGE Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2011 15:05

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