Theoretical psychology is a fascinating field that delves into the philosophical and theoretical aspects of psychology. Let’s explore its significance:
- Interdisciplinary Exploration: Theoretical psychology bridges the gap between philosophy and psychology. It draws from the philosophy of science, emphasizing logic, rationality, and conceptual depth.
- Historical Roots: Theoretical psychology predates empirical psychology. Pioneers like Wilhelm Wundt, William James, William Stern, and John B. Watson laid its foundation. Today, notable contributors continue to shape this field, including Klaus Oberauer, Klaus Fiedler, Robert Sternberg, and Brent Slife.
- Epistemological Grounding: Theoretical psychology doesn’t aim to declare one theory as more “truthful” than another. Instead, it provides a scientifically grounded exploration of ideas based on epistemology. Its rich historical context allows for a deeper understanding of psychological concepts and theories.
In summary, theoretical psychology enriches our understanding of human behavior, thought, and development by exploring the underlying theories that shape our understanding of the human experience.
The AG P&P’s International Academy for Theoretical Psychology and Psychological Philosophy aims at providing an engaging and interactive format for talented students from any background.
At its core, the academy consists of biweekly online classes which are dedicated to open discussion. Every other Monday, we will meet at 6 pm Vienna time (5 pm UTC) in a ZOOM videocall to engage with problems from philosophy and psychology.
Philosophers and psychologists from different backgrounds will begin each class with a short introduction and afterwards organise the discussion. The program can be found below.
If you feel like attending the course and want to register – entirely voluntarly and free of charge – please contact email@example.com. You will then receive further details in the future.
We are looking forward to your participation!
|Scientism vs. Foundationalism
|John Erpenbeck (1991): Philosophical Problems of Modern Psychology
|Critique of Psychological Humanities
|Thomas Teo (2017): From psychological science to the psychological humanities
|Scientific modelling and representing
|Tarja Knuuttila (2011): Modelling and representing: An artefactual approach to model-based representation
|The vagueness of psychological concepts
|Fabian Hutmacher & David Franz (2024): Approaching psychology’s current crises by exploring the vagueness of psychological concepts
|Transcendental foundation of psychology
|Frederick Wertz (2016). Outline of the relationship among transcendental phenomenology, phenomenological psychology, and the sciences of persons.
|Conceptual critique of the neurosciences
|Paradigm Shifts and Psychology
|Thomas Leahey (2002): The Mythical Revolutions of American Psychology
|Choosing Simulation over Prediction and Explanation in Psychology
|Tal Yarkoni & Jacob Westfall (2017): Choosing prediction over explanation in psychology: Lessons from machine learning
|Philosophy of Science and Test Vallidity Theory
|Keith Markus & Denny Borsboom (2013): Frontiers of Test Validity Theory: Measurement, Causation, and Meaning (Section 1.2)
|The theory crisis in psychology - problems, causes and solutions
|Denny Borsboom et al. (2021): Theory construction methodology: A practical framework for building theories in psychology
|The difference between signal and meaning as a criterion for the basis of consciousness in animals and humans
|Anomalous Monism and the (im)possibility of any scientific psychology
|Donald Davidson (1995): Mental Events.