A politically informed immanent spirituality for critical psychology

Authored by: Kathleen S. G. Skott-Myhre

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.ch40

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Abstract

Psychology is a discipline that has a contested history as it emerges out of the twentieth century and moves into the twenty-first. The discipline has spent nearly a century emphasizing its credentials as a science. In this aspect, it has made considerable progress in developing taxonomies of classification, sophisticated studies of neurobiology, impressive studies of the teleological progression of human development, and nuanced readings of psychopathology both individual and social. In this drive to affiliate itself with the scientific disciplines it has, however, left some valuable aspects of its foundational knowledge behind. In particular, it has left its philosophical, political, and spiritual interests on the margins of its study of the human psyche.

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