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Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology

Wittgenstein’s Philosophy in Psychology

Interpretations and Applications in Historical Context

Authors: Sullivan, Gavin Brent

  • Provides an overview of Wittgenstein’s philosophy and its relevance to the practice of contemporary psychology
  • Demonstrates the importance of Wittgenstein’s philosophy through interpretations and applications of his work in psychology
  • Explores the resistance of some psychologists to recognizing the importance of Wittgenstein’s work as a means of conceptual clarity and greater reflexivity in the discipline
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This book highlights the importance of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s writings on psychology and psychological phenomena for the historical development of contemporary psychology. It presents an insightful assessment of the philosopher’s work, particularly his later writings, which draws on key interpretations that have informed our understanding of metapsychological and psychological issues.

Wittgenstein’s Philosophy in Psychology engages with both critics and followers of the philosopher’s work to demonstrate its enduring relevance to psychology today. Sullivan presents a novel examination of Wittgenstein’s later writings by providing historical detail about the uptake, understanding and use of Wittgenstein’s remarks and method in psychology and related areas of social science, examining persistent sources of conceptual confusion and showing how to apply his insights in investigations of collectives, social life, emotions, subjectivity, and development. In doing so, he reveals the value for psychologists in adopting a philosophical method of conceptual investigation to work through and become more reflexive about prominent theories, methods, therapies and practices in their respective, multiple fields and thereby create a resource for future theoretical, empirical and applied psychologists. This work will be of particular relevance to students and academics engaged in the history of psychology and to practitioners interested in understanding the continued importance of Wittgenstein’s work within the practices of psychology.

About the authors

​Gavin Brent Sullivan is a Reader in Social and Political Psychology at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. He has been awarded Endeavour, Gerda Henkel and Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships as well as funding from the British Council, NERC and ESRC in the UK.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • The Relevance of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy to Psychology

    Sullivan, Gavin Brent

    Pages 1-93

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  • A Wittgensteinian Stance on Psychological Methods, Objectivity, Ontology and Explanations

    Sullivan, Gavin Brent

    Pages 95-216

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  • Wittgenstein’s Influence and Impact in Areas of Psychology

    Sullivan, Gavin Brent

    Pages 217-357

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  • Concluding Remarks: Wittgensteinian Philosophy and the Future of Psychology

    Sullivan, Gavin Brent

    Pages 359-370

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eBook 91,62 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-45691-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover 114,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-45690-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wittgenstein’s Philosophy in Psychology
Book Subtitle
Interpretations and Applications in Historical Context
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-45691-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-45691-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45690-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 415
Topics