chapter  Chapter Six
14 Pages

Psychology’s Dream of the Courtroom

In the Light of the Logic of Crime
WithGreg Mogenson

This chapter addresses lesson psychology learns from the self-application of its own teaching. It deals with the simple acknowledgement that the phrase, “criminality of psychology,” is a strange figure to have to grapple with. As we know the crime-variant of our discipline’s dream of the courtroom has to be read in the light of the fact of psychology’s being always on both the subject side and the object side of whatever it would study, whatever it would know about. Characterized by Jung as being a “psychologist manque”, the references from Hegel follow upon the great philosopher’s analysis of the various types of judgment through which spirit in its ultimate sense as the all-comprehending concept unfolds from itself the inherent moments in terms of which itself and all that is are at once both constituted and know. In his The Encyclopaedia Logic Hegel speaks variously of the qualitative judgment, the judgment of necessity, and the judgment of the notion.