Conceiving Concepts and Conceptions: A Cultural-Historical Approach

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Title Conceiving Concepts and Conceptions: A Cultural-Historical Approach
Author Roth, Wolff-Michael
Journal Name Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
Editor Thomas Teo
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Abstract A science that does not critically interrogate its theoretical concepts literally does not know what it is doing. The attempt to clarify a widely used concept in psychological research—the concept of concept—therefore constitutes an important effort in clarifying what role it plays in the discursive work of the field. In this commentary, I take a cultural-historical approach to suggest that the clarification of concepts requires both a genuine rupture and a historical study of the movement of a concept. Moreover, our study of concepts has to be reflexive because they are simultaneously objects of inquiry and means by which such inquiry unfolds. Rather than doing mere analysis of concept use, I propose a categorical, historical reconstruction of the concepts psychologists use.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0023160
Volume 31
Issue Number 2
Page from 106
Page to 114
ISSN 1068-8471
Date Accessioned 2012-02-23; 2012-05-31T22:39:06Z
Date Available 2012-05-31T22:39:06Z
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/45375
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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