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Hollway, Wendy (2013). Objectivity. In: Theo, Thomas ed. Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. Heidelberg: SpringerReference.

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Objectivity became one of the central defining principles of scientific psychology, its purpose to achieve value neutrality and knowledge untainted by the preferences of those who produce knowledge. The scientific paradigm defined the new psychologies emerging in the late nineteenth century. The principle of objectivity relied on its excluded others. These can be recognised as subjectivity and social construction, both of which figure the idea of belief as in opposition to scientific objectivity. Isabelle Stengers, philosopher of science (2000) takes the impasse between these positions and proposes a reconnection between science and the world and a toleration of the tension between scientific objectivity and belief.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
ISBN: 1-4614-5582-0, 978-1-4614-5582-0
Keywords: strong objectivity; rationalism; subjectivity; objectivism; knowing; binary; countertransference; situatedness
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
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Item ID: 34375
Depositing User: Wendy Hollway
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2013 09:55
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2020 10:51
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