Pluralism as an antidote to epistemic violence in psychological research

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The debate on objectivist versus relativist epistemologies in psychology and their relation to “othering” should consider a third stance that espouses epistemic pluralism. In order to understand the human experience, we must simultaneously explore the universal–humanistic, cultural, and idiographic aspects of the individual. Each of these aspects entails a different epistemic stance (objective, intersubjective, and subjective) and each assigns different meanings to “othering.” In addition, a pragmatic epistemology that posits “progressivism” as its sole agenda risks the epistemic violence of discounting other sets of values and moral foundations that matter to many (often othered) people. Additional steps are needed in order to truly diversify psychological study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-413
Number of pages6
JournalTheory and Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2020

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  • both/and reasoning
  • diversity in psychology
  • epistemic pluralism
  • epistemic violence
  • moral foundations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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