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Psychology's Interpretive Turn :The Search for Truth and Agency in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology

by Barbara S. Held American Psychological Association
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Two of the most fundamental and pervasive philosophical questions in psychology are: Is objective psychological truth possible, how does that possibility pertain to human agency, or our capacity for self-determination? For over 25 years postmodern theorists have maintained that an antiobjectivist or antirealist philosophy enhances human agency by making us free to be what we interpret ourselves to be. However, in the last decade, a ''new wave'' group of theorists with hermeneutic, pragmatic, and constructionist origins has put forth views that are replacing those of ''conventional'' postmodernists. Their dual mission is to defend the realism denied by postmodern antirealist psychologist while upholding the agency they believe to be denied by modern objectivist psychologists.