Splendour and Misery of Theoretical Psychology: Empirical Validity of Scientific Facts

Abstract

The author denies that either a search for empirical proof of theoretical statements or relations between fact and theory are main problems of contemporary psychology. He believes that our main concern should be with the criteria of validity of empirical facts. Psychological fact is a product of empirical and statistical generalisations, the validity of which should be considered at the first place. The author believes that Russian psychology is not sufficiently sensitive to incorrect generalisations. As a result, empirical facts are not taken for an argument, and any theoretical discussion becomes meaningless.

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Journal rubric: Philosophical and Methodological Problems

For citation: Allakhverdov V.M., Nasledov A.D. Splendour and Misery of Theoretical Psychology: Empirical Validity of Scientific Facts. Psychology, 2005. Vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 44–65. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

Information About the Authors

Victor M. Allakhverdov, Doctor of Psychology, Professor of the Department of General Psychology, Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education “Saint Petersburg State University”, President of the St. Petersburg Psychological Society, chairman of the program committee of the III Congress of the RPO, chairman of the expert council of the RPO, member of the editorial board of the scientific journal “Methodology and History of Psychology”., St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6753-0300, e-mail: vimiall@gmail.com

A. D. Nasledov, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Pedagogy and Pedagogical Psychology, Saint-Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4687-3184, e-mail: andrey.nasledov@gmail.com

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