Logical Positivism and Psychology By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif ©Copyright 2010 by Anthony J.

Fejfar Some psychologists claim to be logical positivists. The problem with this, however, is that logical positivism excludes any discussion of psychology because psychology involves internal thought processes and feelings, and does not involve sense experience. Recall, that logical positivism argues that reality is known best through rigorous logical inferences from sense experience. The leading psychologists are Jung and Freud. Keep in mind, however, that the id, the libido, the self, the persona, the anima, all involve internal psychological experience, not sense experience. Even behavioral psychology does not meet the requirements of logical positivism. The behavioralist psychologist does not observe the internal thought processes of the subject. And, the experimental situations used do not duplicate real life. Finally, a test subject could “fake it” or lie to the psychologist. Finally, the results of a behavioral psychology experiment are empirically repeatable. In fact, you could condition a person to do the opposite the next time. Additionally, the test subject might really want to kill the psychologist, and is merely “sandbagging,” waiting for the right opportunity to get even for such a human rights violations. Only the Lonerganian Cognitional Structure works for psychology. Here, the argument, is that reality is known best through, experience, understanding, intuitive judgment and reflection, where experience is not limited to sense experience, but also can include, internal experience.

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