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Is psychology 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.



[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."


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