Rethinking Generalization with Kurt Lewin and Action Research

  • Martin DegeEmail author
Part of the Theory and History in the Human and Social Sciences book series (THHSS)


Kurt Lewin is one of the most well-known psychologists in history. He is the founder of topological psychology, closely related to the Gestalt psychologists, and the originator of the Action Research concept. Less well-known, however, is the extent to which he saw a political agenda connected to his work. Equally so, with very few exceptions, little light has been shed on his reflections in the philosophy of science. This chapter attempts to bring both these valuable aspects of Lewin’s career into the discussion. This shows, I argue, how Kurt Lewin’s work can contribute to an alternative concept of generalization in the social sciences.


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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe American University of ParisParisFrance

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