Unscientific Psychology: A Cultural-Performatory Approach to Understanding Human Life

Synopsis

Taking a unique "post-postmodern" approach to the current crisis in psychology, this book is at once a narrative of the family history of philosophy, modern science, and psychology and a critique of methodology in current psychological practice. Arguing that psychology today is a pseudoscientific hoax, the authors deconstruct three of its most powerful myths: the myth of the individual, the myth of mental illness, and the myth of development. They tell the story of how these myths were constructed out of age-old philosophical abstractions to create a world and a discourse of godlike psychological objects. Synthesizing the anti-foundationalism of two "pre-postmodernists," Lev Vygotsky and Ludwig Wittgenstein, the authors urge the construction of a distinctly unscientific psychology--an approach to understanding human life that is cultural, relational, and performatory rather than scientific.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1996