Activity theories and the ontology of psychology: Learning from Danish and Russian Experiences

Bidragets oversatte titel: Virksomhedsteorier og psykologiens ontologi: Belært af danske og russiske erfaringer

Jens Skaun Mammen, Irina Mironenko

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Psychology has permanent problems of theoretical coherence and practical,
analytic and critical efficiency. It is claimed that Activity Theory (AT) with roots in a long European philosophical tradition and continued in Russian AT is a first step to remedy this. A Danish version of AT may have a key to exceed some, mostly implicit, ontological restrictions in traditional AT and free it from an embracement of functionalism and mechanicism, rooted in Renaissance Physics. The analysis goes back to Aristotle’s understanding of the freely moving animal in its ecology and introduces some dualities in the encounter between subject and object which replace the dualistic dichotomies traditionally splitting psychology in Naturwissenschaft vs. Geisteswissenshaft. This also implies a "Copernican turn" of Cartesian dualism. The perspectives are to give place for a phenomenology of meaning without cutting human psyche out of Nature and to open Psychology to its domain.
Bidragets oversatte titelVirksomhedsteorier og psykologiens ontologi: Belært af danske og russiske erfaringer
TidsskriftIntegrative Psychological & Behavioral Science
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)681-713
Antal sider33
StatusUdgivet - 4 nov. 2015


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