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A serious and historic evaluate of psychology on the crossroads.

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Morality must then be constitutive. Ethical codes, on the other hand, tend not to be constitutive of the actions they govern. They are regulative only. Nothing, then, is necessarily proved regarding the point of this chapter by the existence of codes of ethics governing psychological practice, either in application or in research. And the grounds on which these codes regulate are most often prudential ones, such as the avoidance of being sued, although, once again, even prudence may be moral. CONCLUSION Thus one might well agree that the practice of psychology is subject to moral-like judgements and mean simply that one feels personally that practice should be of such and such a nature, or that it is best to practice in such and such a way in order to avoid getting into trouble.

Brown, Preece, and Hulme, 2000) dedicated to the explanation of precisely the phenomena generated within this domain. Yet it is less certain than ever that list learning is anything other than an arbitrary category quite analogous to the superlunary objects of Aristotelian physics. The coming and going of such categories is not the story of “a mirror to nature” that yields ever-more accurate reflections but a much more mundane story of social interests, everyday practices, and human preoccupations.

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.

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