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Psychology from the Standpoint of the Subject

Selected Writings of Klaus Holzkamp

  • Ernst Schraube
  • Ute Osterkamp

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction: Klaus Holzkamp and the Development of Psychology from the Standpoint of the Subject

  3. Basic Concerns and Concepts of Subject Science Psycology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Ernst Schraube, Ute Osterkamp
      Pages 19-27
    3. Ernst Schraube, Ute Osterkamp
      Pages 28-45
    4. Ernst Schraube, Ute Osterkamp
      Pages 46-59
  4. Functional Analyses of Psychological Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Ernst Schraube, Ute Osterkamp
      Pages 77-86
    3. Ernst Schraube, Ute Osterkamp
      Pages 87-111
  5. De-subjectification of Learning in Psychological Theory and School

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Ernst Schraube, Ute Osterkamp
      Pages 115-132
    3. Ernst Schraube, Ute Osterkamp
      Pages 133-150
  6. Constructing Otherness

  7. Conduct of Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 342-360

About this book


This book introduces the groundbreaking work of the German critical psychologist Klaus Holzkamp. In contrast to contemporary psychology's worldlessness, the writings present a concept of psychology based on the individual's relations to the world and open up new perspectives on human subjectivity, agency and the conduct of everyday life.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ernst Schraube
    • 1
  • Ute Osterkamp
    • 2
  1. 1.Roskilde UniversityDenmark
  2. 2.Free University BerlinGermany

About the editors

KLAUS HOLZKAMP was a german psychologist and is considered the founder of critical psychology.
ERNST SCHRAUBE is Associate Professor of Psychology at Roskilde University, Denmark.
UTE OSTERKAMP is Senior Scientist of Psychology at the Free University Berlin, Germany.
ANDREW BOREHAM, Translator, is a lecturer at the Berlin School of Economics, Germany.

Bibliographic information


'Klaus Holzkamp is arguably the most important postwar German psychologist who created collaboratively a unique system of psychology. Psychology from the Standpoint of the Subject introduces English-speaking readers to a scientific psychology beyond the mainstream. The book articulates based on excellent editorial work the diversity, complexity, and geniality of Holzkamp's thought.'

Thomas Teo, Professor of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Canada.

'Klaus Holzkamp has developed an integrated conception of psychology from the standpoint of the subject. It is an extraordinarily systematic, powerful and rich framework which may transform our understanding of psychology. The twelve texts in this book give an overview over key concepts and topics in this framework which he expanded, revised, and strengthened throughout his career. His socially situated approach to human subjectivity offers conceptual tools for human subjects to reflect critically on their everyday lives and self-understandings and it combines social critique with a critique of the gaze and practice of psychology.'

Ole Dreier, Professor of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark