A thought on psychology

It occurred to me today that if I had to name what I consider the single most important area for human understanding, I would probably say ‘psychology’. In particular, psychology interests me because it offers the prospect of tying together my metaphysical interests and my political interests.

The odd thing, though, is that most of the actual discipline of psychology leaves me fairly cold (hence why I followed a psychology/philosophy undergrad with a philosophy post-grad, not a psychology one). Why is this?

I think it’s because a lot of psychology proceeds in a style that actually defines itself by excluding metaphysics on the one hand and politics on the other. Neither, after all, is consistent with its image as a ‘science’.

That may be wise or it may not, or more likely it’s a mix of both.

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