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On the issue of an appropriate culture concept for the indigenous psychologies and on the limits of philosophy.

Magazine article
Authors Carl Martin Allwood
Published in Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective
Volume 3
Issue 3
Pages 41-48
ISSN 2471-9560
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 41-48
Language en
Links wp.me/p1Bfg0-1k1
Keywords indigenous psychologies, culture concept, research program
Subject categories Psychology, Other Social Sciences

Abstract

In this rejoinder to Prof. Hwang in our debate about a suitable culture concept for the Indigenous psychologies (IPs) I argue that a culture concept that attends to the distribution of different kinds of understanding among the members of a society is more likely to be useful for the IPs, which strive to produce knowledge that is easily applicable to the context of the people where the research results are to be applied. I also, for various reasons, question the desirability of Prof. Hwang’s ambition to ground all IPs on one specific philosophical approach. One reason for this is that this would contradict a central part of the IPs general research program, namely that they should be based on the cultural understanding of the society that the specific IPs relates to. Furthermore, I, more in general, question the realism of attempting to construct one final, single philosophical ground for empirical research, given the complex and conceptually unbounded nature of reality.

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