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Psychology’s inescapable need for conceptual clarification

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Abstract


  • Wittgenstein offers a grave assessment of the state of psychology – one that falls just short of complete condemnation. Taken seriously, it should be a cause of concern for anyone working in the discipline today. But, should it been taken seriously? Was Wittgenstein’s evaluation ever justified? More urgently, is it still an accurate portrayal of psychology as practiced today? This chapter argues it was and still is, and that this fact highlights an urgent and inescapable need for conceptual clarification in psychology. As a prelude to making this case, it is useful to get clearer about what motivated Wittgenstein’s characterization of psychology as ‘barren’ because conceptually confused.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (2013). Psychology’s inescapable need for conceptual clarification. In T. P. Racine & K. L. Slaney (Eds.), A Wittgensteinian Perspective on the Use of Conceptual Analysis in Psychology (pp. 28-50). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1009

Book Title


  • A Wittgensteinian Perspective on the Use of Conceptual Analysis in Psychology

Start Page


  • 28

End Page


  • 50

Abstract


  • Wittgenstein offers a grave assessment of the state of psychology – one that falls just short of complete condemnation. Taken seriously, it should be a cause of concern for anyone working in the discipline today. But, should it been taken seriously? Was Wittgenstein’s evaluation ever justified? More urgently, is it still an accurate portrayal of psychology as practiced today? This chapter argues it was and still is, and that this fact highlights an urgent and inescapable need for conceptual clarification in psychology. As a prelude to making this case, it is useful to get clearer about what motivated Wittgenstein’s characterization of psychology as ‘barren’ because conceptually confused.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (2013). Psychology’s inescapable need for conceptual clarification. In T. P. Racine & K. L. Slaney (Eds.), A Wittgensteinian Perspective on the Use of Conceptual Analysis in Psychology (pp. 28-50). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1009

Book Title


  • A Wittgensteinian Perspective on the Use of Conceptual Analysis in Psychology

Start Page


  • 28

End Page


  • 50