Theoretical psychology

A critical-philosophical outline of core issues

Authored by: Thomas Teo

Handbook of Critical Psychology

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9781848722187
eBook ISBN: 9781315726526
Adobe ISBN: 9781317537182

10.4324/9781315726526.ch12

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Abstract

Theoretical psychology is a sub-discipline and a practice that has a place within as well as outside of mainstream psychology. Arguably, research psychologists and practitioners apply, develop, and reflect on theory all the time, implicitly or explicitly. In that sense, most psychologists are to a certain degree theoretical psychologists. In a more academic sense, one could argue that psychologists who think about theory are theoretical psychologists. Theoretical psychology has become meta-theoretical and thinking about theory is not constrained to logical or analytical thinking, but includes philosophical, sociological, political, economic, critical, and historical reflexivity about theory and practice in psychology, or the discipline and profession of psychology. Because metatheory is reflective of theory and practice and often challenges established notions, theoretical psychology is also critical.

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