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    Toward an Epistemology of the Hand
    with Lene Tanggaard
    Studies in Philosophy and Education 29 (3): 243-257. 2010.
    Western philosophy has been greatly influenced by visual metaphors. Knowing something has commonly, yet implicitly, been conceptualized as seeing something clearly, learning has been framed as being visually exposed to something, and the mind has been understood as a ‘mirror of nature'. A whole ‘epistemology of the eye' has been at work, which has had significant practical implications, not least in educational contexts. One way to characterize John Dewey's pragmatism is to see it as an attempt …Read more
  •  40
    Psychology's facts and values: A perennial entanglement
    Philosophical Psychology 18 (6). 2005.
    The idea of a logical and metaphysical gap between facts and values is taken for granted in much psychology. Howard Kendler has recently defended the standard view that human values cannot be discovered by psychology. In contrast, various postmodern approaches have sought to attack the fact-value dichotomy with the argument that psychological facts are inevitably morally and politically laden, and therefore relative. In this article, a third line of thought is pursued, significantly inspired by …Read more
  •  30
    Culture as practices: A pragmatist conception
    Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 27 (2-1): 192-212. 2007.
    This article outlines three conceptions of culture: The normative, the anthropological, and the pragmatist. I advocate a pragmatist conception of culture as practices using the conceptual resources found in John Dewey's pragmatism. I argue that culture is not to be thought of as a distinct, non-natural ontological realm, but is nature as it directs itself intelligently through historically evolved social practices. In Dewey's pragmatism, culture is another name for human experience as a practica…Read more
  •  28
    Changing psychologies in the transition from industrial society to consumer society
    History of the Human Sciences 21 (2): 85-110. 2008.
    Psychologists have traditionally been reluctant to investigate not just the historical nature of their subject matter — humans as acting, thinking and feeling beings — but even more so the historical nature of their discipline, its theories and practices. In this article, I will try to take seriously the historical transformation in the West from industrial society to consumer society. After having introduced these socio-economic designations, I shall try to illustrate how the transformation rel…Read more
  •  14
    Mental life in the space of reasons
    Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 36 (1). 2006.
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    Practical reason and positioning
    Journal of Moral Education 36 (4): 415-432. 2007.
    This paper argues that an emerging framework for studying social episodes known as positioning theory is a rich tool for practical reasoning. After giving an outline of the Aristotelian conception of practical reason, recently developed by Alasdair MacIntyre, it is argued that positioning theory should be seen not as a detached, scientific theory, but rather as an important resource for learning to think and act in relation to practical and moral matters. I try to demonstrate a number of signifi…Read more
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    The ethical subject: accountability, authorship, and practical reason
    SATS: Northern European Journal of Philosophy 11 (1): 75-89. 2010.
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    What does morality have to do with psychology in a value-neutral, postmodern world? According to a provocative new book, everything. Taking exception with current ideas in the mainstream as straying from the discipline’s ethical foundations, Psychology as a Moral Science argues that psychological phenomena are inherently moral, and that psychology, as prescriptive and interventive practice, reflects specific moral principles. The book cites normative moral standards, as far back as Aristotle, th…Read more
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    Psychology as a Moral Science: Aspects of John Dewey's Psychology
    History of the Human Sciences 17 (1): 1-28. 2004.
    The article presents an interpretation of certain aspects of John Dewey’s psychological works. The interpretation aims to show that Dewey’s framework speaks directly to certain problems that the discipline of psychology faces today. In particular the reflexive problem, the fact that psychology as an array of discursive practices has served to constitute forms of human subjectivity in Western cultures. Psychology has served to produce or transform its subject-matter. It is shown first that Dewey …Read more
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    John Dewey was an American psychologist, philosopher, educator, social critic, and political activist. John Dewey: Science for a Changing World addresses Dewey’s contemporary relevance; his life and intellectual trajectory; his basic philosophical ideas, with an emphasis on his philosophy of nature; and his educational theory, which has often been misunderstood. In addition, Dewey’s pragmatism and pragmatist ethics are discussed, as are some of the criticisms that can be directed at them. Throug…Read more
  •  5
    Najam Haider, Shīʿī Islam. An Introduction, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014, 243 p., ISBN 978-1-107-62578-5 (review)
    Der Islam: Journal of the History and Culture of the Middle East 95 (1): 217-222. 2018.