What Is Necessarily True in Psychology?

  • Jan Smedslund

Abstract

The position is taken that psychology is not an empirical science and that generally valid propositions in psychology are explications of common sense and hence necessarily true. A proposition in a given context belongs to common sense if and only if all competent users of the language involved agree that the proposition in the given context is true and that its negation is contradictory or senseless. Studies attempting to test necessarily true propositions are labelled pseudoempirical. The paper presents numerous examples of necessarily true propositions and pseudoempirical studies taken from various fields of psychology.

Keywords

Subjective Norm Common Sense Subjective Probability Speech Sound Ordinary Language 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Smedslund
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  1. 1.Institute of PsychologyUniversity of OsloBlindem, Oslo 3Norway

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