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The Problem of Reality in Psychology: Revisiting the Reality Concept in Oswald Külpe

Authors
  • Fossa, Pablo1
  • 1 Universidad del Desarrollo, Faculty of Psychology, Av. La Plaza 680, Las Condes, Santiago de Chile, Chile , Las Condes (Chile)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Human Arenas
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2018
Volume
1
Issue
1
Pages
86–96
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s42087-018-0002-1
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

In this work, I discuss the concept of reality developed by Oswald Külpe and the tensions that he demonstrates in the context of current psychological research. The relevance of the author for the origin of psychology and how its approaches are current in contemporary psychology is discussed. Through the review of his work Contribution to the history of the concept of reality, I conclude that the notions of reality that govern contemporary research in psychology maintain old tensions on the epistemic basis of knowledge and our object of study. In this sense, I propose that returning to old reflections, as in the case of Külpe and the concept of reality, constitutes a fundamental aspect to guide future research in our discipline.

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