Psychological Metatheory

An Introduction to Volume 3
  • K. B. Madsen


This volume contains papers and commentaries about the metatheoretical problems of psychology. Hence, we shall begin it with a definition of metatheory and a formulation of our conception of its relation to theoretical psychology in general. In order to do this, we must start with a definition of theoretical psychology. We shall summarize the various published definitions of theoretical psychology in this way: Theoretical psychology can be defined as the metascientific study of psychological theories and theory-problems. Thus, we have defined theoretical psychology as a sub-discipline or, rather, as an application of metascience. We must therefore define metascience and also relate metatheory and theoretical psychology to the more general concept, metascience. That is the subject of the first section of this introductory paper; the second section will present a systematic summary of the papers in this volume.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. B. Madsen
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  1. 1.Laboratory of General PsychologyRoyal Danish School of Educational StudiesCopenhagenDenmark

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