Psychologization and the Subject of Late Modernity

Hardcover | November 20, 2013

byJan De Vos

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Jan De Vos starts where other critiques on psychology end, presenting the argument that psychology is psychologization.This fresh and pioneering approach asks what it means to become the psychologist of one's own life. If something is not working in our education, in our marriage, in our work and in society in general we turn to the psy-sciences. But is the latter's paradigm precisely not relying on feeding psychological theories into the field of research and action?

This book traces psychologization from the Enlightenment to Late-Modernity, engaging with seminal thinkers such as La Mettrie, Husserl, Lasch and Agamben, whereby Jan De Vos teases out the possibilities and the limits of using psychoanalytic theory as a critical tool. Offering challenging and thought-provoking insights into how the modern human came to adopt a psychological gaze on itself and the world, this book will appeal to psychologists, sociologists and studies of culture.


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Jan De Vos starts where other critiques on psychology end, presenting the argument that psychology is psychologization.This fresh and pioneering approach asks what it means to become the psychologist of one's own life. If something is not working in our education, in our marriage, in our work and in society in general we turn to the ps...

Jan De Vos has a MD in psychology and holds a PhD in philosophy. He has worked as a clinical psychologist and is currently postdoctoral researcher at the faculty of Philosophy and Moral Sciences at Ghent University, Belgium. He has published widely on the topic of psychologization and is author of the book Psychologisation in times of...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.6 × 5.7 × 0.7 inPublished:November 20, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230308465

ISBN - 13:9780230308466

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Psychology and its Doubles
1. Psychology, a Post-Cartesian Discipline. La Mettrie and the Perverse Core of the Psy-sciences 
2. From Psychologism to Psychologization. Edmund Husserl's Life-world Revisited
3. Therapeutic Culture and its Discontents. Christopher Lasch's Critique on Post-war Psychologization
4. Psycho-politics. Giorgi Agamben Homo Sacer as the Homo Psychologicus
5. Psychoanalysis and its Doubles. Towards a Hauntology of Psychologization
Epilogue: Towards a Non-psychology