chapter  3
34 Pages

Conduct of Everyday Life as a Basic Concept of Critical Psychology

With Klaus Holzkamp

American middle-class ideology, with its conservatism and family-orientedness, and academic psychology, which is conservatively organized, would thus in some respects live in other's pockets. One could go further and suppose that the dominant epistemology of psychology, that is, the marginalization and devaluation of reflections on the basic theoretical principles and methodological problems of the discipline and their replacement by mini-theories and their experimental testing. It is not totally unaffected by the integration demands of the conduct of everyday life of those who pursue a science thus conceived. In critical psychology the difference between what appears to be self evident and comprehensive or deeper structural relationships that can be brought to light by processes of self-understanding has led to a double set of basic concepts. The reason discourse thus defined, as the language of psychological science from the standpoint of subject, has been comprehensively and both theoretically and methodologically justified and conceptualized in opposition to the condition discourse of traditional psychology.