Drugs and Agency

The ethical quandary at the core of how we represent the mind in practical uses of psychology is the technology of agency. The biomedical and psychodynamic (i.e., discursive) approaches are “two different ways to identify, understand, and respond to mental…

Mechanism and Philosophy of Psychology

Unlike reductionism, the use of expansionary analytic forms like the multi-level analysis employed in the new mechanical philosophy seems to admit the interlevel complexity of mind. For example, there is evidence that adversity caused by socioeconomic factors constrains genetic variations…

A Suspicious Science: The Uses of Psychology

An interlude follows in which I consider how aspects of psychology can be conceived of as superstitious rituals which draw their authority from the epistemic dominance of science. I position the various uses of psychology within an epistemic landscape of…