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By Darryl B. Hill, Michael J. Kral

A serious and old evaluation of psychology on the crossroads.

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They also rely on tools and instruments whose history is closely related to that of epistemic practices but is not identical to it. THE BIOGRAPHY OF PSYCHOLOGICAL OBJECTS What sorts of questions arise when one adopts the framework of a biography of epistemic objects? One set of questions addresses the emergence of such objects. We can trace the birth of the object from a time when it did not exist, or existed in a completely different form, or as something without any significance, to a time when it has become highly salient, broadly recognized and targeted in discourse and practice.

He says, “is the precondition for creating a dynamic society. But getting the rules right cannot really occur unless all of us commit ourselves to achieving a more comprehensive understanding of the common good” (p. 2). And that is where his analysis stopped. What we need to know, however, is what a comprehensive understanding would be. That is seldom adequately spelled out. On this as on other issues, politics often stands in the way of clear theorizing. , the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force” (Marx and Engels, 1846/1970, p.

It could be just what it appears on the surface to be, namely, a means of more effectively achieving the technical ends of medical practice. It may also be a way of avoiding litigation, or of keeping up one’s reputation as a medical doctor. In all such cases, what governs is not morality but prudence. As I shall attempt to show in what follows, the subject matter of psychology is characterized by its morality. Morality must then be constitutive. Ethical codes, on the other hand, tend not to be constitutive of the actions they govern.

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