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Outline of Theoretical Psychology

Critical Investigations


  • Systematically covers theoretical psychology taking a critical perspective.

  • Discusses several basic philosophical problems faced by psychology today

  • Radically challenges conventional psychology


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Thomas Teo
    Pages 1-23
  3. Ontology-Laden Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Thomas Teo
      Pages 27-47
    3. Thomas Teo
      Pages 49-76
  4. Epistemological Concerns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Thomas Teo
      Pages 133-153
  5. Ethical–Political Debates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
  6. Aesthetic Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 267-316

About this book


Outline of Theoretical Psychology discusses basic philosophical problems in the discipline and profession of psychology. The author addresses such topics as what it means to be human in psychology; how psychological knowledge is possible and what it consists of; the role of social justice in psychology; and how aesthetic experience could help us to understand the human condition. Proposing possible solutions to a range of such issues, Thomas Teo situates theoretical questions within traditional branches of philosophical inquiry: ontology, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics. This book argues that in order to improve psychology as a discipline and in practice, psychologists must reconceive the unit of psychological analysis, looking beyond individual capacity and even experience. By engaging with these basic philosophical problems, Teo demonstrates how psychology can avoid its common pitfalls and continue as a force for resistance and the good.


theoretical psychology Academic anthropology Aesthetics American Psychological Association Biopsychosocial theory Circuits of dispossession Collectivism Convergent pluralism Disability studies Epistemology Ethics in Psychology Intersubjectivity Kantian forms of intuition positivism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyYork UniversityToronto, ONCanada

About the authors

Thomas Teo is professor of psychology in the Historical, Theoretical, and Critical Studies of Psychology Program at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is Fellow of the Canadian and American Psychological Association, former editor of the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and former President of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology. 

Bibliographic information


“This book accomplishes a double-task, addressing the heart and context of contemporary psychology; it takes the syllabus requirements for conceptual and historical issues in psychology to a new level, providing an accessible and intelligently argued critique.” (Ian Parker, Emeritus Professor of Management, UK)

“This volume is an important corrective to the restricted range of topics that have come to define theory in psychology. Teo's keen evaluation of the critical and cultural dimensions of theory are an important introduction to a new analysis of subjectivity and will be a consequential tool for students and scholars alike.” (Henderikus J. Stam, University of Calgary, Canada)