1st Edition

A Humanities Approach to the Psychology of Personhood

Edited By Jeff Sugarman, Jack Martin Copyright 2020
    132 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    132 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In this set of insightful essays, the concept of the psychological humanities is defined and explored. A clear rationale is provided for its necessity in the study and understanding of the individual and identity in a discipline that is occupied largely by empirical studies that report aggregated data and its analysis.

    Contributors to this volume are leading scholars in theoretical psychology who believe that psychology must be about persons and their lives. In these essays, they draw from a variety of disciplines that include art, literature, life writing, and history to make a case for the psychological humanities. A final chapter provides a critical commentary on the value of the psychological humanities. The chapter argues that psychology must draw on the knowledge and practices of the humanities, as well as the sciences and social sciences, in order to attain a greater understanding of personhood.

    This book is aimed at upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students and scholars of psychology, particularly theoretical psychology, philosophy of the mind, and those from a humanities background interested in exploring the concept of the psychological humanities.


    Thomas Teo

    1. Introduction to a Humanities Approach to the Psychology of Personhood

    Jeff Sugarman and Jack Martin

    2. The Message in the Medium: Knowing the Psychological through Art

    Kathleen Slaney

    3. Psychology as Literature: Narrative Knowing and the Project of the Psychological Humanities

    Mark Freeman

    4. Methods of Life Writing for a Psychology of Persons

    Jack Martin

    5. Personhood through the Lens of Radical-Transformative Agency

    Anna Stetsenko

    6. Historical Ontology Exemplifying a Psychological Humanities of Personhood

    Jeff Sugarman

    7. Challenges for a Psychological Humanities

    Suzanne Kirschner



    Jeff Sugarman is Professor of Education and Psychology at Simon Fraser University. He is a past president of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, former associate editor of the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology and New Ideas in Psychology, and co-editor of The Wiley Handbook of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.

    Jack Martin is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Simon Fraser University. His interests are in the theory and history of psychology, social developmental psychology, educational psychology, and narrative, biographical psychology, with particular emphasis on the psychology of selfhood, human agency, and personhood, and the works of George Herbert Mead and Ernest Becker.