Psychology in Later Modernity: The Lacking Place of the Other

José Celio Freire About the author

This work proposes an ethical hearing of the contemporary psychologies, from the perspective of Emmanuel Levinas’s ethics of radical alterity. The place of the Other, in four significant approaches of the psychological theorization and application - radical behaviorism, psychogenetics, person-centered approach and existential analysis - is identified and compared to the requirements of Levinas’s ethics. As a result, the inclusion of the alterity in the psychological discussion is proposed, in terms of the constitution of the subjectivity itself as well as the relation with the other of the psychological exteriority and interiority.

Ethics; Psychology; Alterity; Subjectivity; Modernity

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