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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
On-line version ISSN 1678-7153
BENDASSOLLI, Pedro Fernando. Psychology revisited by pragmatics: subjectivity, knowledge and method. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2002, vol.15, n.2, pp. 309-319. ISSN 1678-7153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722002000200009.
The goal of this paper is to discuss contributions that could result from an appropriation of the neopragmatic philosophy of language for the analysis of theoretical and methodological assumptions of Psychology, such as subjectivity, knowledge, and method. By means of a theoretical study, the concepts of representation, objectivity, and knowledge, and their relation to Psychology are discussed. The paper also discusses the main characteristics of what is called, in philosophy, the metaphysics of subjectivity: a set of beliefes that implies the search for foundations, that is to say, the search for a state in which it is possible to apprehend the real essence of the things. The paper's main conclusion is the need for a wide redefinition and reevaluation of those assumptions in Psychology that no longer correspond to the current phase of discussions concerning knowledge, scientific method and their relevance for the human community.
Keywords : Neopragmatism; knowledge; representation; methodology; subjectivity.