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Is psychology a real science? Show more Show less
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Psychology as a discipline has been around for thousands of years, with some form of it being found in numerous ancient civilizations. However, as it has become more common for people to seek psychological help in recent years, the validity of science as a discipline has been questioned. Professionals in the field of science have debated it for years; is psychology a legitimate science, or is it a farce?

Psychology is not a real science Show more Show less

There are limits to psychology's accuracy and data acquisition, which makes it impossible to consider it a real science.
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Psychology doesn't have an agreed upon central body of knowledge

Unlike each of the hard sciences, psychology fails to deliver a concrete body of knowledge that is universally agreed upon by professionals in the field.
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The Argument

Psychology lacks what true sciences are built upon: a universally accepted body of knowledge which describes how the world works. It also fails to yield a definition that is universally agreed upon. Psychology relies, instead, on following the scientific method to a fault. Professionals in the field are focused mainly on gathering data and statistics, which does not equal knowledge.[1]

Counter arguments

Psychology is defined as "the study of mind and behavior."[2] Scientists in the field of psychology have generated insights into animal and human behaviors from the data which has been gathered.[1] These insights constitute a body of knowledge upon which many experts in the field agree.

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Premises

[P1] Psychology does not have a consensual body of knowledge. [P2] Psychology lacks a universally agreed upon definition.

Rejecting the premises

{Rejecting P1] Psychology has built up a repository of insights which are generally agreed upon by scientists in the field. [Rejecting P2] Psychology is defined as "the study of mind and body."

References

  1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/theory-knowledge/201601/the-is-psychology-science-debate
  2. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychology
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