Psychology as public philosophy: An illustration of the moral dimension of psychology with marital research

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Abstract

Contemporary marriage is at the heart of a serious cultural paradox which renders it strongly valued, but rather brittle. Scientific and therapeutic approaches to this dilemma have had limited success in resolving this problem because professionals have accepted and promoted the popular aspiration of personal fulfillment through marriage which may have engendered the fragility of marriage. This paper provides a brief hermeneutic account designed to make the incoherence of contemporary marriage more intelligible, and to clarify the moral dimension of psychology. Marital research serves to illustrate how a hermeneutic perspective can guide a specific research domain in becoming more responsive to the essential social and ethical concerns that animate it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-136
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Psychology(all)

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