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Ethics and Psychology

Beyond Codes of Practice, 1st Edition

By Calum Neill


124 pages

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This highly original bookexplores the idea and potential of psychology in the context of ethical theory, and the idea of ethics in the context of psychology. In so doing, it not only interrogates how we come to understand ethics and notions of right behaviour, but also questions the discipline of psychology and how it functions in the 21st century. Neill turns psychology inside out, controversially suggesting that psychology no longer exists as we know it. He proposes a rebirth of psychology based on an intricate and detailed examination of who we really are, and how we come to structure this idea of ourselves. Taking the idea of ethics seriously, Neill allows us to see psychology in a totally new light, addressing key points, such as:

  • The inadequacy of psychology to address the question of ethics throughout history.
  • Why thinking through the question of ethics necessarily brings us into confrontation with a question of psychology.
  • What we actually do when we do psychology and how, via a serious consideration of ethics we might do this differently and better.

Ethics and Psychology presents readers with a new and potentially productive understanding of both ethics and psychology and will appeal to anyone active within and critically engaged with the field.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Conjunctions 2. A Familiar Scene 3. Culture 4. Nature 5. Consequences 6. The Good Will 7. Phronesis 8. Limits of Reason 9. Agency 10. Beyond Unity 11. Negative Capability 12. Poiesis

About the Author

Dr Calum Neill lives and works in Edinburgh, where he has taught and untaught psychology for some years. He is currently a lecturer in Critical Psychology and Discourse Analysis at Edinburgh Napier University.

About the Series

Concepts for Critical Psychology

Disciplinary Boundaries Re-thought

Developments inside psychology that question the history of the discipline and the way it functions in society have led many psychologists to look outside the discipline for new ideas. This series draws on cutting edge critiques from just outside psychology in order to complement and question critical arguments emerging inside. The authors provide new perspectives on subjectivity from disciplinary debates and cultural phenomena adjacent to traditional studies of the individual.

The books in the series are useful for advanced level undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and lecturers in psychology and other related disciplines such as cultural studies, geography, literary theory, philosophy, psychotherapy, social work and sociology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology