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The explanation or interpretation of events or ideas in psychological terms.


1. (Psychology) the belief in the importance and relevance of psychology for other sciences
2. (Psychology) the belief that psychology is the basis for all other natural and social sciences
psyˌcholoˈgistic adj


(saɪˈkɒl əˌdʒɪz əm)

emphasis upon psychological factors in the development of a theory, as in history or philosophy.


the theory that emphasizes psychological conceptions in other fields outside of psychology, as philosophy and history.
See also: Psychology
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Closely related to this issue is the philosophical 'school' and theme of psychovitalism--not to be confused with the epistemological doctrine of psychologism (Wundt, Lipps, Ziehen: see Appendix)--as a special 'branch' of Neovitalism in which philosophical notions like life-force and soul-force are systematically integrated.
The history of emotions must reject, in line with much of the latest research in the social neurosciences, any semblance of psychologism that would essentialize what emotions are.
Second, phenomenology sets aside or "brackets" other methodologies, such as empiricism and psychologism, without prejudice or antagonism, in order to make its own unique epistemological contribution (Husserl 1962: sec.
It formed the core of Edmund Husserl's anger against psychologism in logic (Husserl 1970, Burrowes 2010:74-82).
The difficulty resides in the notion that any treatment or interpretation of characters outside of the conception of pure theatrical construct--manifest mechanism for the objective correlation of other thematic concerns--will usually lead to the mine-field of psychologism and psychological empiricism that only have appropriate application in the real world.
Too often, however, the legacy of neo-Kantianism is confined to the Marburg and Southwest schools--or to some of their more notable ideas, for instance, the critique of psychologism, the Naturwissenschaften-Geisteswissenschaften distinction.
He defines psychologism as "the doctrine that normative logic and ethics/morality are subsets of descriptive, causal theories of mental processes, such as are found in psychology and neuroscience.
In the Fregean sense, psychologism refers amongst other things to a tendency to believe private ideas are the correct starting point in the theory of knowledge (see Dummett 1993).
Aspects of Psychologism, Harvard University Press, Cambridge (MA), 2014, 365 PP
This is precisely why mere post-modern visions of revisionist holism and inter-subjective facticity (somewhat akin to Gestalt psychology)--both as a natural scientific-revisionist investigation and a purportedly broader philosophical picture--still suffer from the contingency (that is, reflexes, conditions, and associations) of [their] embedding solipsistic sphere, when this on-going contingency ought to be categorically deconstructed in the first place, and not merely highlighted in the light of further arbitrary psychological associationism put forth arbitrarily as "objective science" (such as the "second-hand" inclusion of the convenient psychologism and propaganda that "syntax-only science supersedes semantics").
Spirituality is, however, what psychologism ignores.
My point is that economists' own critiques of the homo economicus rational actor model often lapse into psychologism.